Preventative Care

These are the basic fundamentals and in many ways the most important. These are regular check-ups, X-rays, tooth cleaning, fluoride treatments and dental sealants. Along with daily brushing and flossing, regular preventative care (every six months) is the very best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums for a smile that just won’t quit.

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Checkups, Exams and X-rays

Your dentist will use a small mirror, a small probe and a special light to visually inspect your mouth, teeth and gums. Dental X-rays are usually taken annually and help your dentist identify cavities and other potential problems. There are two types of dental X-rays: bitewings which take close up pictures of your teeth, and panoramic X-rays which produce a useful overview of your teeth and bones.

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Healthy Cleanings (prophylaxis)

Basic dental cleanings include the removal of plaque and tartar deposits that have built up over time. Regular brushing and flossing will help keep these two problems to a minimum. A gentle polishing of the teeth is also part of healthy cleanings.

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Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants are a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth. Sealants are predominately used on the molars and premolars and are a very useful aid to preventing tooth decay by protecting the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies of your teeth.

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Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is a natural mineral found in many foods and water that helps prevent tooth decay. Dental fluoride treatments are applied on the teeth usually in gel form. This gel contains a much higher concentrate of fluoride which protects your teeth and enamel.