Keeping Oral Health Problems from Wreaking Havoc
Even if you’re diligent about brushing and flossing every day at home, it’s vital to visit our dental office for professional preventive care. At your routine appointments, our team is able to keep small, developing oral health problems, like cavities, from turning into a bigger issue down the road by diagnosing and treating them early on. Not only will this keep you out of pain, but it will also allow your smile to thrive, by regularly optimizing your oral health with preventive dentistry in Winslow, AZ.
Why Choose Dental Innovations for Preventive Dentistry?
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
In order to maintain good oral health throughout your life, it’s vital to visit our dental office for checkups and cleanings every six months. During each of these appointments, we’ll examine your mouth for any signs of early oral health problems and make sure they get treated immediately. Using dental scalers and mirrors, one of our dental hygienists will remove all of the plaque and tartar from the gumline, reducing your risk of developing any issues down the road.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer can be a life-threatening disease if it’s left to progress to other areas of the body. That’s why our team at Dental Innovations conducts thorough oral cancer screenings at each of your semi-annual checkups and cleanings. We’ll search for common symptoms of the disease, such as red and white patches in the mouth, oral wounds that aren’t healing, and lumps or abnormalities in the oral tissue. The sooner we can catch it, the better chances of successfully treating the disease.
Patients who have deep pits in their molars have a more difficult time effectively brushing and flossing away plaque and food debris from their teeth. As harmful bacteria feed on these sources, they will release an enamel-eroding acid that eats away at your teeth and causes cavities to form. Dental sealants are clear, umbrella-like protective layers that keep bacteria and debris from collecting in pits of molars, helping prevent decay.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that’s vital to protecting your teeth from decay. It can be found in a variety of products, including certain foods, most mouthwashes and toothpastes, and even city water systems. For patients who aren’t receiving enough fluoride in their day-to-day life, we may suggest our treatment to help ward off the threat of cavities. In just a few minutes, we’ll apply a topical fluoridated gel to your teeth, providing you with lasting protection.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Do you ever wake up with a splitting headache or a sore jaw? These are both common signs of bruxism, also known as the nightly grinding and clenching of your teeth. When left unaddressed, bruxism can have a serious impact on your oral health by causing problems like enamel erosion and broken or chipped teeth. In order to keep this from happening, we offer customized nightguards that are specially crafted to cushion your teeth and jawbone from the force and tension of clenching and grinding.
At-Home Dental Hygiene Products
Do you feel overwhelmed when you walk down your oral hygiene product aisle? It can be hard to know which specific brands of toothpastes and mouthwashes are the best options for your oral health. Our team makes it easier by recommending Colgate and Waterpik brands to help prevent cavities and other oral health problems from developing. With the right at-home hygiene products paired with regular checkups and cleanings, you can keep your natural smile healthy.