A good preventive routine is the first step to reducing your risk of developing cavities and periodontal disease. It’s a joint effort involving you, your Leavenworth dentist, and our hygiene team. Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. Combined with regular professional cleanings, exams, and x-rays, we can help you avoid serious dental problems.
During a professional cleaning, your hygienist removes built-up plaque and tartar that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. They’ll also examine your gums, tongue, lips, and cheeks to make sure the soft tissue of your mouth looks healthy too. A cleaning and exam with your hygienist are two of the simplest (and least expensive) ways to keep your mouth healthy and problem-free.
Fluoride treatments are a staple of most kids’ dental visits but did you know adults can benefit from them too? It’s true! Fluoride treatments help both children and adults strengthen weakened areas of enamel before they become a cavity.
Did you know that dental cavities are the single most common preventable childhood disease? Even children with the most diligent homecare routine can develop a cavity, especially on the back teeth that are harder to reach. Sealants coat the back teeth with a fluoride-infused resin making the normally rough surface smooth like a skating rink.
If you’ve been diagnosed with periodontal (gum) disease, we may recommend scaling and root planing, even if it is still in the early stages. Scaling and root planing might sound intimidating but it’s really just a deep cleaning. Often done a quadrant at a time with an anesthetic, your hygienist will clean below the gumline to remove all the built-up tartar that is aggravating your delicate gum tissue. This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink.
During your regular visits, we’ll perform an oral cancer screening to look for any lumps, bumps, or sores that don’t heal. If we see anything suspicious, we’ll do a quick biopsy and send it to a lab for examination.