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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I love the dentist office... So does my daughter.. Really nice people... And don't have to wait long for the dentist to come see you... 🙂 my favorite dentist office by far.. I also love the train set up going around the office.
- Brittany Malone
Had such a great experience from the front desk all the way to the back. Everyone at dental depot has a very professional work ethic and a very positive attitude. I wouldn’t want to get my teeth worked on anywhere else!
- Kevin Turner
The facility is clean and nice but more importantly the people there are amazing. My son is autistic and they were so great with him. They made the whole family feel welcome and cared for. I highly recommend this place!
- Harold Radcliffe
Amazing experience, awesome staff team! Made you feel like you are part of the family. Would definitely recommend it anyone who has bad experience with dentist. The little train model runs through clinic makes it soothing and mesmerizing!
- ZOUA VANG
Both of my sons had fillings today. Appts were set for 1:30 and 3:30 in order to get them in the same day. Staff was friendly and made my kids feel comfortable. We were in and out in 1 hour with both my boys! Excellent experience!
- Kayla Yoder