Preventative dentistry involves good at-home oral care habits, and regular dental cleanings and checkups in an attempt to keep disease and decay at bay. We educate our patients on proper brushing and flossing techniques, the importance of a healthy diet, and explain why regular dental visits are pivotal in preventing cavities and disease.
To stay current with your oral health, comprehensive exams are done twice a year (biannually). They include updating your health history, an oral cancer screening, and a thorough evaluation of your mouth, bite, and teeth.
While brushing and flossing at home are vital to prevent decay and disease, your vigorous efforts cannot fully remove all plaque and bacteria buildup. At Family Tree Dentistry, we have specialized tools to thoroughly clean it all away to help you maintain a healthy smile.
When regular cleanings aren’t enough, we perform periodontal treatments – or deep cleanings. If plaque and tartar are not completely cleaned away, over time gingivitis (inflammation of gums) will take hold. If not impeded, gingivitis will progress to gum disease (periodontal disease), causing damage to gums, teeth, and bone. With a periodontal treatment, we thoroughly clean your gums and your teeth (around and below the gum line) in an attempt halt the disease, and reverse its effects. The severity will determine the length and frequency of your cleanings.
In children and adolescents, most decay takes place on the top area of back teeth where pits and fissures can trap food, allowing bacteria and decay to do damage. Dental sealants are a hard plastic, tooth-colored material placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to help block cavities.
Digital X-rays offer more convenience and less radiation than traditional X-rays. The same important diagnostic information can be gathered in less time with less risk to you, the patient.