Keep Your Smile Healthy
If you’re looking to keep your teeth bright and prevent common oral health issues like cavities and tooth decay, Perry Family Dentistry is here to help. Routine preventive care keeps your teeth healthy, saves you time and money, and helps you feel great about your smile. Get in touch today to schedule preventive care. New to our office? Send us a selfie for a FREE virtual consult or come visit us today!
Routine cleanings are the best way to keep your smile healthy and bright. One of our dental hygienists will use specialized tools to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar; buff and polish your teeth; and floss to remove any remaining debris.
Professional cleanings are important because they give us a chance to examine your mouth and check for signs of cavities, gum disease, and other issues.
Avoid These Issues With Preventive Dental Care
Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by the buildup of plaque between your gums and teeth. While the first stage of gum disease—also known as gingivitis—has relatively minor effects, advanced gum disease is irreversible and causes permanent damage to your mouth. Proper preventive care and good at-home oral hygiene will help prevent this common issue.
Tooth decay occurs when the oral bacteria in your mouth consume sugar and starch, excrete acid, and weaken your enamel. Preventive care keeps your smile free of harmful bacteria, and fluoride treatments can even reverse the earliest stages of tooth decay.
Stains & Yellowing
Plaque buildup can contribute to stains and yellowing, so routine cleanings and proper at-home care will help keep your smile bright and beautiful. Coming into our office twice per year ensures that your enamel stays white and that any surface stains caused by coffee, tea, or other dark foods are removed.
What To Expect
Fluoride treatments are useful for preventing cavities. Fluoride has the unique ability to attract minerals like calcium and phosphorus to the teeth, and remineralize (or strengthen) them after they have been damaged by oral acid. Fluoride treatments consist of a fluoride-rich gel that is applied to your teeth, left in place for a few minutes, then removed. Regular fluoride applications can help prevent cavities, even if you are cavity-prone.
Dental sealants consist of a transparent resin that is applied to your rear teeth after they’ve been cleaned. Once the resin in place, it is hardened using a UV light. This creates a durable, transparent barrier that prevents oral bacteria, acid, and food debris from contacting your teeth directly. In turn, this prevents cavities from forming. With proper placement and oral hygiene, sealants can last and protect your teeth for up to 10 years.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer screenings are part of every routine exam and cleaning at our office. We’ll look for any abnormalities like lesions, lumps, discolored patches of oral tissue, and other potential indicators that something may be wrong. Regular screenings give you peace of mind and ensure that you get the help you need in the rare case that we notice an issue.