Checkups & Cleanings
Everyone should receive two cleanings and checkups per year.
Dental checkups and cleanings are essential for laying the foundation of good oral health and establishing the value of receiving routine treatment in an effort to detect potential problems in their early stages.
During checkups, our dentists will look for signs of tooth decay, enamel wear and gum disease. We will also use diagnostic tools to evaluate the health of tissues beneath the surface – specifically the roots of teeth and the jaw. Diagnostic imaging can assist in revealing congenital and developmental abnormalities that might require the attention of a specialist such as an oral surgeon or orthodontist. All of us have the potential of developing common oral health conditions including dental caries and inflamed or irritated gums (periodontal disease). Many times, these conditions develop due to diet and poor oral hygiene practices. Regular check-ups can help your dentist identify these problems before they advance and sometimes prevent them from happening at all.
Dental hygiene visits are important for keeping teeth and gums clean – especially since some patients have difficulty reaching their back teeth when brushing and flossing. Cleanings are a gentle and non-invasive method for preserving and maintaining gum health and cleaning around the teeth so that tartar and plaque accumulation are controlled. Even if you clean your teeth thoroughly, you will still develop tartar that needs to be removed. A form of calcified plaque, tartar cannot be removed by flossing or brushing and must be removed with professional-grade dental instruments.
Other Preventative Treatments
Preventing disease is one of the most important aspects of dentistry. While prevention certainly begins with practicing proper oral hygiene, maintaining a healthy diet and visiting our office regularly, there are some treatments we can administer that help strengthen teeth to prevent dental injuries and tooth decay. Two of the most common preventive treatments include the administration of fluoride and the application of dental sealants.
Tooth enamel is made of minerals, and when exposed to strong acid, its mineral content (and strength) can be stripped away. A naturally occurring mineral, fluoride is scientifically proven to strengthen teeth by attracting minerals to the surface of tooth enamel, which will ultimately help replenish lost mineral content. Strong, healthy tooth enamel is key in protecting teeth against cavity causing bacteria. Fluoride treatments are quick and easy and involve simply applying a fluoridated varnish or gel to the teeth.
Dental sealants are another preventive method for protecting teeth from bacteria and decay. Using a disease-resistant, plastic compound, sealants are applied over the pits and grooves of the teeth and quickly hardened with a curing light. This ensures that the biting surfaces of the teeth are more protected against damage and harmful bacteria.
Receiving fluoride treatments and/or dental sealants are non-invasive and cost-effective. If decay does form, our dentists can treat dental caries with restorations like fillings or crowns. During all types of treatment, we utilize anesthetics when necessary to promote comfort and relaxation.
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They explain what treatment they recommend in very plain language, and tell you your options. Then they tell you what the cost of each option will be. I appreciate that.
Also, they’re open on Saturday. Hugely convenient. Two thumbs up.
- Mike Ray
Thought I had broken a tooth but I actually broke a porcelain crown. Initial cap was still in excellent shape so he smoothed out the rough edge on the crown and sent me away. I was very appreciative of his honesty and candidness. Been going there for years and don’t plan on changing. Very happy!
- John Phelps
I had an excellent experience. The staff work very well as a team. I was treated with respect. Nothing was done without my consent. I highly recommend this establishment. All of the staff informed me of their part in my process and made sure I understood and agreed. There is not enough good reviews, they deserve the best!
- Jena Green
Rachel the dental hygienist was PHENOMENAL. She answered literally every single question (even the silly ones). I left feeling more confident and less scared about how my tooth had been feeling. From the sweet woman that answered the phone when I set an appointment, to the kind lady that greeted me at the front desk, and the hygienists that I was chatting with on the way back to the exam room,....
- DANE HAWKINS
I’ve been a patient at Dental Depot for a few years now and am quite happy with it. The office is well-organized and efficient, and the staff are warm and friendly. I went for a cleaning and received excellent service from Brenda and Brittney. The only thing that would make my visits better would be music that is softer and more relaxing.🙂
- Deanie Steward