In addition to brushing and flossing every day at home, getting regular checkups and cleanings is also extremely important if someone wants to avoid the most common oral health issues. Combined together, diligent oral hygiene at home and our preventive services can help patients of all ages enjoy happy, problem-free smiles for many years at a time. We recommend coming to see us at least once every six months for a preventive dentistry in St. Albans, so if it’s time for you or your child’s next visit, be sure to give us a call!
At these appointments, patients receive both a thorough oral exam as well as a meticulous cleaning performed by a hygienist. Dr. Aten, Dr. Davico, or Dr. Cone will look at your teeth, gums, and jaw so they can find any indications of decay or damage during its earliest stages, enabling them to treat it before it can cause you any major headaches. For the cleaning, special tools will be used to remove plaque and tartar deposits from those hard-to-reach corners of your mouth, ensuring your entire smile remains strong and healthy.
People respond to daily stress in a wide variety of ways, and for many, this causes them to clench their jaw and grind their teeth while they sleep, which can severely damage the enamel over time. To stop this, we can provide a patient with a nightguard, which is a small oral appliance that fits over the teeth. Worn only to bed, it places a cushion between the upper and lower rows to keep them protected, allowing a patient to rest easy.
Practically every member of our team is a parent, so we understand the importance of early-age dental care more than most! Routine checkups and cleanings are essential for everyone’s oral health, but especially children since their enamel hasn’t fully hardened and their oral hygiene habits are still being formed. Here, we’ll treat your child like one of our own as we use a gentle touch to protect them from cavities as well as quickly fix any issues that pop up along the way.
The place where most people will develop their first cavity is on one of their back teeth, and that’s because their location makes them particularly difficult to brush, plus their deeply textured surfaces easily trap plaque. Thankfully, dental sealants enable our team to place an invisible protective barrier over these teeth using a clear dental plastic. Applied in just a few minutes, this treatment can prevent plaque, bacteria, and food particles from damaging the enamel for up to 10 years.