Preventing gum disease and cavities is important. A preventive cleaning is recommended every 6 months along with good brushing and flossing habits. Visiting your dentist and hygienist every 6 months allows us to catch problems early on, before they become painful or costly to fix.
Night Guard/Occlusal Guard
If you clench or grind your teeth, it is important to protect the teeth against damage and wear by using a custom made guard. Over 70% of people grind or clench their teeth at night. This can cause headaches, earaches, tooth wear, problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), tooth sensitivity, and even fracture of the teeth. An occlusal guard is made to fit over the upper or lower teeth, and is designed to distribute your biting or grinding forces evenly across all of your teeth.
If you or your child play any contact sports, a mouthguard or sports guard is a must. It can help prevent fracture of the teeth and parts of the jaw in case of a blow to the face. We can customize your mouthguard with your name and team colors on it!
Sealants are a great way to prevent cavities from forming on a tooth with deep crevices on it. Many times, children are good candidates for sealants because their oral hygiene habits are not well developed yet. A sealant is a composite material that is “painted” onto the irregular surfaces of the teeth and seals the tooth against food debris and bacteria that can cause cavities. Sealants can make the teeth easier to keep clean.
Fluoride strengthens the teeth and reduces the risk of cavities. At the end of your preventive cleaning, we place fluoride on the teeth to protect against future cavities. Fluoride varnish can also be used as a treatment for sensitive teeth. The fluoride helps to coat the teeth and hardens the outer surface of the tooth.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States. Some risk factors for oral cancer are tobacco use, alcohol use, excessive sun exposure, family history of cancer, and exposure to viruses such as the Human Papilloma Virus. We perform an oral cancer screening at every checkup.