Preventive dentistry is key to the long-term health of your teeth. Proper care of your teeth will keep them healthy, and you'll avoid cavities, gum disease, and much more.
Regular dental cleanings and checkups, as well as dental checkup films taken once a year should be scheduled with your dentist.
A dental cleaning involves removing plaque and tartar deposits on teeth that build up over time. If plaque is allowed to build up, it can cause bacteria to form next to the gums, which is unhealthy. Dental hygienists use their instruments to gently remove the deposits through a thorough dental cleaning. You won't believe how clean and smooth your teeth will feel!
Dental cleanings are recommended at least twice a year.
It is recommended to get dental checkups twice a year, even if you don't have an issue with your teeth. During your checkup Dr. Dobson may decide to take films of your teeth to look for decay, gum disease, or other dental problems. If this is your first visit with us, please bring your previous films with you.
If it is your first visit you will most likely have a comprehensive examination and periodically thereafter. During a comprehensive dental examination, your dentist will:
Dental radiographs are commonly called X-rays. Dentists use radiographs to find hidden dental structures, malignant or benign masses, bone loss, and cavities.
It is possible for both tooth decay and periodontal disease to be missed during a clinical exam, and radiographic imaging of the dental and periodontal tissues is a critical segment of a thorough oral examination.
For children under the age of 16. It is a simple and easy process that takes only a couple of minutes.
Sealants protect teeth from decay for many years. They need to be checked at each dental visit to make sure they haven't chipped or have a lot of wear on them.
SCHEDULE A "HAPPY" VISIT WITH YOUR SMALL CHILDREN
For very young children we do a "happy" visit, which is a fun way to get them used to the dental office. Call to make arrangements for your special appointment. It is never too early to encourage healthy