General Oral Hygiene & Cavity Prevention
Sometimes all it takes to keep your teeth in their best condition is to come in for your regular check-ups. We generally recommend visiting every six months so we can provide a thorough teeth cleaning and make sure all is well with your oral health care. Keeping up with your check-ups twice a year is easier and cheaper than dealing with intensive procedures in the future!
Routine Cleanings & Exams
During your cleaning, we will remove any tartar or plaque build-up and then polish and floss your teeth. For some patients, this routine visit will also include X-rays. We then check for any signs of decay, gum disease, or other concerns. At the end of your visit, you’ll be left with a spotless, refreshed smile!
Fluoride is a mineral highly effective at eliminating tooth decay. You might recognize it from certain toothpastes or mouthwash. With a professional fluoride treatment, we apply a much stronger concentration of the mineral to your teeth to fight bacteria. People who have dry mouth, receding gums, or braces greatly benefit from this procedure.
Dental sealants are used mainly with children to prevent cavities. Sealants act as barriers that “seal” out food and bacteria from the grooves of teeth to stop cavities from forming. The procedure is quick and easy, and sealants can last for many years.
Dental guards (or protectors) are worn to shield your teeth from damage. Depending on your situation, there are different types of mouthguards for those that play sports and those that suffer from bruxism, or night grinding. Dr. Albert can help fit you with a dental guard, so you don’t have to worry about tooth damage.
If you or your child plays a contact sport, such as hockey or football, you might be required to wear an athletic mouthguard. We’ll go over your specific needs to find an option that fits comfortably, is durable, and stays in place. By wearing a mouthguard, you can prevent chipped or broken teeth and even tooth loss.
Patients who suffer from bruxism or teeth grinding are often recommended to wear a nightguard. Left unchecked, grinding and clenching can wear down your teeth and enamel, cause sensitivity issues, and result in jaw pain. With a well-fitted nightguard, you can protect your teeth from harm while you sleep.
Oral Cancer Screenings
During screenings, we can check for any signs of oral cancer before symptoms may have appeared. When we detect cancer at an early stage, it can make it easier to treat. In general, oral cancer screenings are a simple way to look out for your overall health while at the dentist.