Screening for cavities, gum disease and other oral health problems.
Your first visit will consist of a thorough assessment and documentation of your health history, condition of your teeth and gums, oral cancer screening, and your current habits and homecare routines. From this information, a course of treatment will be suggested that reflects your specific goals and needs for optimal oral health, including referral to a dentist or other appropriate healthcare professional as needed.
Similar but more condensed assessment routines will continue at your follow-up visits as a means of checking progress.
Scaling and Polishing
Scaling refers to the removal of bacterial plaque and tartar from the teeth, both above and below the gum line. The amount of scaling required varies with each individual, but most average adults require about 30-60 minutes per appointment. Regular scaling, along with antimicrobial treatment for some, is a wonderful way to promote healthy teeth and gums. Polishing of teeth further refines the process by buffing away minor surface stains and irregularities.
Teeth whitening products are offered in the form of both in-office and take-home treatments, depending on what suits your needs. In-office treatments typically take upwards of an hour and consist of applications of a pre-treatment, then a whitening gel. Take home kits offer the freedom and ease to apply a milder whitening gel more frequently and for shorter intervals.
Both modes offer whitening with minimal or no sensitivity, are free of harsh chemicals and preservatives, and are vegan and gluten free.
*Up to 8 shades lighter, results vary*
Grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces of back teeth are caused by normal tooth development. They can however, be extremely difficult places to clean, particularly for children who have not mastered adequate brushing techniques. Sealants protect these areas by “sealing out” plaque and food, and therefore lessen the chance of tooth decay. Once determined that sealants would be beneficial, the application of a sealant is quick and easy and requires no drilling or freezing.
After the teeth are cleaned, treated and dried, the sealant is “painted” into the grooves. It is then hardened with a curing light to form the protective coating.
Fluoride Treatments and Desensitizing
Fluoride works by strengthening the outer enamel layer of teeth to reduce the occurrence of cavities and to lessen tooth sensitivity. Where fluoride has been added to municipal water supplies, there has been a marked decline in tooth decay rates. However, individuals with increased sensitivity, areas of thin, weakened or developing enamel, or who simply are not exposed to fluoridated water may benefit from supplemental fluoride treatments in conjunction with a dental cleaning.
Professionally applied topical rinses, gels, foams and varnishes are available.
If you prefer to avoid fluoride, xylitol rinses are available for home use and are a natural, safe and effective alternative.
Mouthguards help to minimize the risk of injury to the face, teeth, jaw and head when involved in active or contact sports and are recommended for anyone engaging in aggressive activities or sports. Custom-fitted mouthguards, which are created from an impression of the person’s teeth and gums, are considered to provide the best protection due to their close fit, comfort and shock absorption effect.