Prevention is a crucial aspect of a healthy, long-lasting smile. We want to help you enjoy optimal oral health for a lifetime to come — and that’s why we recommend patients of all ages visit our office for a checkup and cleaning at least every six months. When you come in to see us, we can remove plaque and tartar buildup and evaluate your need for additional preventive or restorative treatments to keep your smile looking beautiful and feeling great. Keep reading to learn about all the ways we can safeguard your smile!
Checkups and cleanings give us the opportunity to remove all of the plaque and tartar that has had the chance to build upon your teeth and also check for the presence of decay, gum disease, and other oral health hazards. Attending these visits twice annually is the best way to avoid the need for costly, complex care later on. And, if you have dental insurance, checkups and cleanings should be completely covered under your plan.
Your child’s teeth have different needs from your own — like cavity prevention, for starters. Their little teeth are at a much higher risk of developing decay before their tooth enamel fully hardens. Until then, our children’s dentistry services can help protect their growing smile. Early-age orthodontic treatment can also drastically shorten the treatment time for braces later on. Dr. Reintjes always takes a kid-friendly approach since little ones may be a little nervous visiting the dentist.
The molars and premolars are at a much higher risk of developing tooth decay as their irregular surfaces can trap food particles and make a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that causes cavities. Dental sealants provide a shield to protect the tooth enamel, which can be especially helpful for younger children who may have a harder time effectively cleaning their back teeth. The procedure can be completed quickly and painlessly at the end of a checkup and cleaning.
Whether it is caused by stress, a misaligned bite, facial trauma, or another factor, people who grind their teeth at night (a condition known as bruxism) are at a higher risk of experiencing chipped, cracked, and broken tooth enamel as well as headaches and neck pain. We can use a custom-fitted nightguard to cushion the teeth from the impact of unconscious teeth grinding. And, because each one is created specifically for every patient’s unique smile, a customized nightguard is always highly comfortable and maximally effective.
People who play contact sports (like football, boxing, wrestling, etc.) are at a much higher risk of experiencing dental emergencies like broken, dislodged, or completely knocked out teeth. To protect you or your child’s smile from these and other serious injuries, consider investing in a customized sportsguard. A device created specifically for your bite provides more protection than the one you can buy at the pharmacy — and studies even show they can reduce the incidence of concussion.
Oral cancer rates are currently on the rise in our country and around the world. Regular oral cancer screenings can help patients of all ages benefit from early detection, which greatly improves the likelihood of successful treatment. Dr. Reintjes can perform an oral cancer screening at the end of your routine checkup and cleaning. If suspicious areas like lesions, lumps, or bumps are detected, we will provide advice to ensure you get the follow-up care you need right away.
Fluoride is well-known for being beneficial to oral health — so much so that most tap water sources are treated with the mineral in the US. Fluoride remineralizes the tooth enamel, strengthening weak areas and helping you avoid cavities and other oral health issues. Having a topical fluoride treatment applied to your teeth at the end of a checkup and cleaning will protect your smile from the plaque, acids, and bacteria they will encounter in the time between appointments.