At Gardenia Dentistry, we offer a variety of dental services to restore your teeth and gums to good health when a dental issue arises. However, we believe that it’s best not to require treatment in the first place, so we like to practice preventive dentistry. This includes procedures and methods for treating tooth decay and other diseases as well as preventing problems from arising. Our goal is to help you keep your mouth healthy and enjoy the use of your natural teeth for as long as possible.
Preventive dentistry can come in several forms, including the use of basic procedures as well as technological innovations. At Gardenia Dentistry, you can find:
Dental cleanings: one of the most basic steps to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Though brushing and flossing are very important steps to keeping the teeth and gums clean, they are effective, but do not completely remove harmful plaque and food debris. A dental cleaning gets to the hard-to-reach areas in the mouth to remove these substances and prevent them from causing damage.
If plaque is not removed from the teeth, this thin film of bacteria will wear through enamel and attack the gums. The result is dental decay and gum disease, which can lead to even more serious problems down the road, like permanent tooth loss and periodontal disease.
During the cleanings, our dentist and hygienists will use special tools to remove built-up plaque and food particles, so you don’t have to worry about these issues when brushing your teeth at home. The American Dental Association (ADA) currently recommends everyone get two thorough cleanings a year.
Dental sealants: These are tooth-colored plastic coatings applied to the surface of the back teeth to fill in the tiny grooves of the teeth and prevent bacteria from collecting there. The sealant is applied as a thin liquid and then allowed to dry. Sealants can last for up to a decade and are primarily used on children to prevent the development of cavities in hard to reach places.
Fluoride treatments: Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral, but it can be applied directly to the teeth where it strengthens tooth enamel when absorbed, making teeth more resistant to decay. Fluoride is applied as a foam, gel, varnish, or liquid solution, and the treatment only takes a couple of minutes. The ADA currently recommends fluoride treatment to individuals between the ages of 6 and 14.
Mouthguards: We recommend these for patients who participate in sports to protect the hard and soft tissues of the mouth from traumatic injury. Mouthguards can also be used by those who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding).
Oral cancer screenings: a check for signs of oral cancer, which is more easily treated when detected in its early stages
X-rays: usually taken once a year during a routine exam. X-rays are useful because they show areas below the gum line, revealing dental issues that may not be visible to the naked eye. Digital x-rays exposes the patient to 75% less radiation compared to traditional film x-rays. Through digital x-rays, our office uses the latest technology to create a 360-degree view of your mouth, jawbones, and teeth. We can use this information to plan out future treatments and identify underlying problems.
Comprehensive exams: one of the most significant services we offer is regular comprehensive dental exams that identify any underlying dental health issues you currently possess. During the exam, our dentist utilizes magnification, illumination, and instruments to identify areas of decay, gum disease, and other problems. Cleaning is done afterward, as is any treatment to repair damage.
For all patients, particularly young children, our team is happy to provide guidance on oral care habits like proper brushing and flossing. At Gardenia Dentistry, our goal is to help you achieve good oral health.