Preventive Dentistry

Check-ups, Cleanings, Fluoride and
Anticipatory Guidance

The goal of Preventive Dentistry is to prevent cavities and gum
disease through regular check-ups, cleanings, and fluoride application in our office. It also requires daily participation from you and your child at home by brushing, flossing, and a healthy diet. Child and parent education ("anticipatory guidance") is at the heart of preventing dental problems and maintaining a healthy mouth. Early dental visits, starting at the age of 1 year, are part of the key to a successful preventive program. Our skilled team will provide you with a personalized approach to caring for your child's teeth and gums and will include instructions on oral hygiene, dietary counseling, and a fluoride regimen.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are an important part of Preventive Dentistry. Sealants are used to protect teeth that have deep grooves or pits from getting cavities, primarily the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Sealants are normally easy to place and do not require local anesthesia. Any tooth that is susceptible to cavities, including primary (i.e., baby) teeth, is a candidate for sealant application, including newly-erupted permanent bicuspids and molars. The dental sealant is the most economical preventive restoration.

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