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Preventive Dental Services

Protecting your teeth and gums from tooth decay, gum disease, dental trauma, and other issues is very important for maintaining positive oral health. Our goal is to help our patients keep their smiles as healthy as possible, which is why we offer a variety of exceptional preventive dental services. If you need to schedule your next routine cleaning and exam or another preventive dental treatment, please contact our friendly front office team.

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Hygiene Services

Routine Cleanings & Exams

Taking care of your teeth and gums at home and scheduling biannual cleanings and exams are among the best ways to keep your oral health in tip-top shape. Professional teeth cleanings help to remove plaque and tartar from areas that are hard to reach, which reduces your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Dental exams allow our team to examine your smile and diagnose and treat any problems that may arise.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are clear coatings that are applied over the top of each molar to prevent bacteria from building up in the grooves of the teeth. Cleaning these areas thoroughly with a toothbrush can be difficult, especially for children, which is why they are often recommended for our younger patients. Sealants are applied quickly and painlessly, are virtually invisible on the teeth, last for many years, and are very cost-effective.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments help make tooth enamel stronger, which helps reduce the patients’ risk of developing tooth decay. Fluoride treatments involve applying a fluoride gel or varnish to the teeth after a cleaning. Patients are then told to avoid eating, drinking, and brushing their teeth for at least 30 minutes so the fluoride can be properly absorbed. This fast and easy treatment is especially beneficial for younger patients, but all ages are free to utilize them.

Oral Cancer Screenings

During dental exams, your dentist is not only examining your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues but the inside of your mouth for signs of oral cancer as well. If you are at an increased risk for developing oral cancer due to your lifestyle or family history, please let our team know so that we can perform extra thorough oral cancer screenings during your biannual dental appointments.

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Custom Mouthguards

Athletic Mouthguards

If you or your child regularly participates in contact sports like wrestling, soccer, or football, you may want to invest in a custom athletic mouthguard. Athletic mouthguards made by a dentist are durable and fit comfortably over the teeth. Wearing an athletic mouthguard is an easy way to help prevent painful, time-consuming, and costly restorative treatments from becoming necessary in the future.

Nightguards

Teeth grinding is a common problem. Some patients only do it when they are stressed or anxious, while others grind their teeth almost every night. It may not seem like a big deal, but over time the teeth can be worn down and experience irreversible damage. Wearing a custom mouthguard at night is a simple solution to keep your teeth from clenching, which prevents them from damaging each other while you sleep.

Sleep Apnea Appliances

Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax too much while the patient is asleep, and the airway is temporarily blocked. When this happens, the sleep cycle is disrupted, which leads to fatigue, headaches, irritability, and other symptoms. Sleep apnea devices hold the jaw in a comfortable position during the night so that even when the muscles relax, the airway is still open, and the patient can continue sleeping soundly.

TMJ/TMD Therapy

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the top of the jaw to the skull. When a patient clenches their teeth at night, an excessive amount of pressure can be placed on this joint, which can lead to face and jaw pain, headaches, and jaw stiffness. Special mouthguards for TMD can be used to keep the teeth from clenching, take the pressure off the temporomandibular joint, and relieve TMJ symptoms.

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