Regular dental preventive care is a great way to avoid serious dental problems, or detect small problems while they’re easy and inexpensive to treat. Visiting Sunset Dental to get your teeth cleaned every six months is one of the best things you can do to maintain a beautiful smile (in addition to daily brushing and flossing, of course). Not only will we polish up your pearly whites to a shiny gleam, but we can make sure there aren’t any hidden problems, and help ward off problems down the road. That’s why we offer oral cancer screening and fluoride therapy as well. Read on to learn more.
Preventing gum disease and cavities starts with regular dental hygiene visits, where disease-causing bacteria (in the form of plaque and tartar) is removed from your teeth. Our number one goal is disease prevention to keep your smile healthy and looking great!
However, if gum disease has already taken hold and caused periodontitis, we’ve got you covered. Not only do we offer preventive cleaning services, but therapeutic care as well - called scaling and root planing. This gently removes disease-causing bacteria below the gumline, on the root surfaces of your teeth, which improves or resolves gum inflammation and controls the bone loss around affected teeth that is characteristic of periodontitis. Along with regular periodontal maintenance care (and great brushing and flossing at home), treating periodontal disease means you keep the teeth you have by staying on top of this chronic disease.
Oral Cancer Screening
Your dentist is the best and most logical health provider to check for lumps, bumps, and spots that shouldn’t be there in your mouth -- it might just save your life! This important service is something we provide to all our patients as a part of your regular exams with the doctor.
We believe in early detection for early treatment and best outcomes. If your dentist doesn’t check, who will?
Acids -- produced by bacteria in your mouth and from your foods and drinks -- leach important minerals from the enamel on your teeth, weakening them and leading to cavities over time. Fluoride (in the water you drink, some foods, toothpaste, and in professional fluoride treatments) counteracts that mineral loss and actually strengthens your teeth.
At Sunset Dental, our fluoride treatment of choice is fluoride varnish -- it is painted on teeth quickly, where it is readily absorbed, stays in place (so you don’t swallow much of it), and really gives you the best fluoride bang for your buck. Fluoride isn’t just for kids! If you are an adult who has a dry mouth, takes multiple medications daily, has had a lot of dental work in the past, or is prone to cavities, fluoride treatments may help you protect your teeth.