Your preventive care matters regardless of your current age. With routine care, including brushing and flossing, you can keep plaque buildup to a minimum. Of course, professional exams and cleanings play a major role in your long-term oral health. Both are needed to keep tooth decay, gum disease, and dental emergencies out of your life. Dental Innovations can’t wait to serve you, so feel free to call us to schedule an appointment for preventive dentistry in Mesa, AZ!
Regular checkups and cleanings are some of the most important forms of care you can get for your long-term oral health. Not only do they let us confirm if your at-home care is working as it should be, but it gives us an opportunity to remove hidden pockets of plaque and tartar that can become easily missed. During your detailed exam, we’ll take note of any concerns and recommend a treatment plan to address them as we see fit. For most people, a routine exam and cleaning once every six months is sufficient.
Oral cancer can easily appear in individuals who have multiple risk factors. However, they can also appear in patients who do not carry any risk factors, making it especially important to perform oral cancer screenings during every routine exam. To do this, we use the VELscope, a technology that utilizes bioluminescence to pinpoint oral sores and red or white patches in oral tissue. The sooner we can catch these early signs, the easier it will be to get you started on a treatment plan with a trusted physician.
Some patients, particularly children, need additional help protecting teeth that can easily develop tooth decay. This includes the molars and premolars, both of which are characterized by deep pits and cracks that collect food debris and plaque. To protect the teeth, we can apply a series of dental sealants, then seal them instantly the same day with a curing light. This protective coating can remain on teeth for up to 10 years, so young patients can feel protected as they perfect their oral care.
If you are under the age of 18, you’re probably familiar with fluoride treatments because they are typically done every six months or every year following a detailed cleaning. Fluoride is often found in oral care products and most public drinking water systems, but our in-house fluoride is much stronger. Once applied to teeth, you can expect them to remain strong and well-protected against tooth decay well until your next appointment. Just make sure to keep brushing and flossing as usual!
Are you regularly waking up with headaches or tooth sensitivity? You may have an undiagnosed teeth grinding disorder known as bruxism, which is actually quite common. While the condition can be exacerbated by those who have a misaligned bite or are currently undergoing stress, it can be managed directly by a dentist. To prevent dental erosion, we can create a customized oral appliance called a nightguard that is worn as you sleep. This is when teeth grinding is often considered the most likely to occur.
There are many oral care products today, which can truly make you feel paralyzed by choice. When you aren’t sure which one is right for you, we’re happy to offer specific recommendations based on your needs. If you currently deal with teeth sensitivity, struggle to keep tartar under control, want a dedicated oral rinse for preventive and cosmetic purposes, or need a reliable product for your other family members, we can point you in the right direction.