The foundation for a beautiful and happy smile is preventive care from your dentist! Along with diligent at-home brushing and flossing, routine professional cleanings and checkups can help you avoid costly procedures. With regular checkups, we’ll be able to track your oral health and help you keep your smile healthy.
If you don’t floss, you’re leaving plaque on 40% of your tooth surfaces!
Your dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any plaque and tartar that may have accumulated. This includes flossing and scraping off plaque that has built up under the gum line with either hand scaling instruments or an ultrasonic cleaner. Your teeth will be left feeling polished and refreshed.
Depending on how long it’s been since you’ve had your last set of dental x-rays taken, your dentist may recommend we gather these images. Dental x-rays are a useful tool to help us detect problems that may not be visible to the naked eye. The dentist will be able to see any problem areas such as cavities or infections, cracks in the tooth enamel, and make a recommendation from there.
After your dentist reviews your x-rays, they will take a close look at your gums and teeth. If they notice any potential issues, they will help you understand exactly what is going on, and how best to address it. It is our goal for you to stay informed so you can feel confident about making the right decision for your oral health.
Depending on what is uncovered in your comprehensive exam and dental x-rays, you and your dentist will work together on creating a custom treatment plan that accommodates your individual needs, budget, and lifestyle. If no issues are present, we will simply determine how often you should come in for cleanings to keep your smile in tip-top shape.
Whether it’s scheduling a follow-up visit for a filling, cosmetic treatments, or a routine cleaning, our team is here for you. At this time we will also be able to answer any questions you may have about your insurance and payment options. We strive to ensure every visit is seamless and stress-free!
Coming in for regular teeth cleanings will ensure that you have a healthy and strong smile. It is recommended to schedule an appointment every six months so your dental hygienist can address any minor stains, plaque, or bacteria that may have built up since your last visit.
A diligent at-home oral care routine is just as important as coming in for your cleanings. Be sure to brush at least twice a day for two minutes using fluoride-based toothpaste. In addition, floss at least once per day to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria that can’t be removed with brushing alone.
Your comfort is our priority. Digital x-rays are fast, comfortable, and high-resolution images that allow us to make accurate diagnoses while exposing you to less radiation than with traditional film x-rays. In most cases, a full set of x-rays will be taken approximately every 5 years, with smaller more focused x-rays annually, but your doctor may also recommend one if they suspect you may have developed a dental issue or if you're experiencing a dental emergency.
The Itero Intraoral Scanner can be used in diagnostic and preventive care to help establish the state of your oral health and find any issues before they become larger problems. The scanner takes millions of photos of your teeth to stitch together a 3D model without any radiation. Our team uses the intraoral scanner to monitor tooth movement, detect any wear and tear to the surfaces of the teeth, and to find points at the gum line where recession may be occurring.
Fluoride treatments can easily be added to any routine preventive visit to help keep decay at bay. Once your teeth have been cleaned, your dentist will simply apply a fluoride-rich varnish or gel and leave it in place. The fluoride will be absorbed by your teeth over the next few hours. Fluoride works by attracting healthy minerals like calcium and phosphates, reversing the negative effects of acid, and helping to repair and strengthen your enamel.
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is an alternative to fillings for minor-to-moderate tooth decay. It consists of a blend of silver, fluoride, ammonia, and water. When applied to a decayed tooth, this mixture kills the bacteria that cause decay, and halts the progression of the cavity.
The treatment is only used in select cases, because it discolors the affected portion of the tooth permanently, turning the area black. It's a good option for baby teeth that will fall out naturally in time, for kids who are uncooperative or too young to get a filling, or on adult teeth where a traditional filling may not be possible to slow or stop the progression of decay.
Dental sealants are common for pediatric patients who may be at a high risk of developing cavities, but they are also great for patients of all ages who wish to protect their teeth from dental decay. During this treatment, a thin layer of dental resin will be applied to the rear teeth, which have more grooves and crevices where plaque and bacteria can hide. The resin will be hardened with a focused blue light, creating a strong barrier that blocks food debris, acid, and bacteria from coming into contact with your enamel. When properly applied dental sealant can last for years to come!
Patients who struggle with gum disease are at risk of experiencing tooth loss and other problems. Gingivitis is the first stage, which can be reversed with maintenance cleanings and diligent at-home care. Visiting the dentist for regular checkups will ensure that patients with gum disease can get control over their oral health before it becomes too late!
We recommend that patients with more advanced cases of gum disease schedule maintenance cleanings in frequent intervals of about every three months, which can halt the progression of periodontitis and preserve their oral health.
Oral cancer screenings are a crucial part of preventive oral health care routines. By catching oral cancer early before it spreads, can save a patient’s life. That’s why we always check for any potential signs of oral cancer at every bi-annual checkup.
Your dentist will examine your mouth, gums, and other oral tissues, keeping an eye out for lesions, lumps, discolored patches, and other abnormalities. If anything looks unusual, Dr. Moin will have you see a specialist for a biopsy and further analysis. Oral cancer is rare, but it’s important to be proactive and stay consistent with your oral healthcare routine, so your dentist can easily identify when something is wrong.
Grinding and clenching while sleeping is quite common. Night guards can be a great solution for this subconscious clenching. Night guards form a soft barrier to protect your teeth from the wear and tear that is caused by clenching and grinding. Your dentist will take an impression or scan your teeth to create your custom night guard. The impression or scan will be sent to a dental lab where your night guard will be made. The night guard eases the tension between your jaw muscles and alleviates the painful side effects of clenching and grinding, so you can enjoy restful sleep.
Tooth enamel is the hardest part of your entire body.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time for a healthy smile. Start by holding your brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth and gums. Using small, circular strokes, clean the front, back, and chewing surfaces of each tooth. Each quadrant of your mouth only needs about 30 seconds of proper brushing. Don’t forget to replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every 3-4 months, and to use an ADA-approved toothpaste with fluoride.
It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each session. Angle the bristles of the brush 45 degrees towards your gums. Brush in gentle, circular strokes, clean all surfaces of each tooth. Focus on cleaning each quadrant of your mouth for about 30 seconds to ensure you aren’t rushing. Be sure to brush with a toothpaste that contains fluoride to keep cavities at bay. You can also use an electric toothbrush if it helps make brushing easier!
Start by rolling out about 24 inches of dental floss. Wind most of it around your index or middle finger and wind the last few inches around the index finger of your other hand. Hold a 1-inch section firmly between fingers and thumbs and gently glide this floss between your teeth, using a rocking up and down motion. When the floss is between your teeth, take it up into the gum line following the c-shape curve to dislodge plaque and bacteria. Repeat this for both sides of each tooth and be sure to wind a new 1-inch section each time you move to a new tooth to prevent spreading bacteria.
Prophylactic cleanings are the regular dental appointments you need every 6 months to prevent cavities and bad breath. Your dentist or dental hygienist will remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your teeth and give them a thorough flossing to ensure your smile is clean and free of debris.
Periodontal cleanings are also known as “deep cleanings” and are only necessary for patients who have periodontal disease. During these cleanings, your dentist will take extra care to scrape away plaque and tartar between your teeth and gums, and smooth the roots of your teeth to eliminate pockets that trap bacteria. Deep cleanings are a part of a periodontal maintenance routine and will help patients with gum disease preserve their oral health.
Most dental insurance policies fully cover preventive care such as cleanings, exams, and x-rays. If your preventive care is not 100% covered, it will usually at least be partially covered by your policy. Some plans may also cover optional treatments like dental sealants and fluoride for children, too. To learn more about your coverage, consult with your provider and give our office a call to see how we can help you maximize your dental insurance benefits.
When used sparingly, modern digital x-rays are much safer than their traditional film counterparts. In fact, the amount of radiation exposure you receive during a dental x-ray is about the same as you would experience during a 1-2 hour flight! In most cases, a full set of x-rays will be taken approximately every 5 years, with smaller more focused x-rays annually, but your doctor may also recommend one if they have any concerns after your regular exam, or to ensure you are healthy enough to start orthodontic or implant treatment.
Most people smile about 40 times a day!