Wouldn’t you rather prevent dental issues than treat them? Our goal is to help you do just that through a variety of preventive measures. Maintaining routine dental checkups, staying current on professional teeth cleaning appointments, practicing good home care, and eating a healthy diet go a long way toward making sure your teeth last for life.

We like to keep you with your dentist and hygienist if you’re happy with them. That means you get to pick your own dental team and see them at each appointment.

Preventive Dentistry

Dental Exams

Comprehensive dental exams are recommended at least twice annually. This is an opportunity to evaluate the health of your teeth and gums, and to perform an oral cancer screening.

Oral Cancer Screenings

We perform a screening for oral cancer at every periodic and comprehensive exam. During this exam, we palpate the head and neck area, and look for signs of abnormalities in and around the mouth and throat. Screening for oral cancer is important, because it more successfully treated when it is diagnosed early.

Professional Dental Cleanings

We recommend professional dental cleanings at least every six months. If you have periodontal disease, you may benefit from more frequent cleanings.

One of our dental hygienists will use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and from below the gum line. We also will check your gums for signs of periodontal disease by testing pocket depths and taking note of any swelling and redness.

The final touch is to polish and floss your teeth.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealant is a plastic material applied to the biting surfaces of children’s permanent molars, which serves as a barrier to help prevent tooth decay. Sealants are long-lasting, but are checked at each appointment to ensure they continue to function as prescribed.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is a powerful cavity-fighting tool for children and adults. We use fluoride varnish, which is a longer-acting treatment, and there’s no need to wait 30 minutes before you can eat or drink.

Well-Baby Exams

We recommend bringing your baby in for an exam after the first tooth erupts, or by his/her first birthday. This exam is an opportunity for us to anticipate future needs before a problem occurs and to guide parents through the different stages of development. Typically, no treatment is needed at this age.