Professional cleanings and oral exams twice per year are part of any good oral hygiene routine. During these visits, our team will clean and polish your teeth, and Dr. Pham will thoroughly examine your mouth for signs of decay, gum disease, and other issues. Once a year, we may also recommend x-rays to look for signs of hidden oral issues. These visits help our team catch any potential problems early before they become bigger, more costly issues for you down the road.
A fluoride treatment is used to strengthen enamel and protect teeth from decay. This fast, painless treatment involves painting a fluoride-rich liquid onto your teeth, then leaving it in place for a few minutes to absorb into the outer layer of your teeth. Fluoride has the unique ability to strengthen enamel and keep teeth strong in between routine preventive visits.
Dental sealants involve a special liquid resin that is applied to your back teeth after a cleaning. Molars and other rear teeth are highly susceptible to decay due to their large surface areas, so dental sealants protect these vulnerable teeth from decay. After the liquid resin is applied, it is then solidified with ultraviolet light. This creates a durable barrier to keep bacteria and acid from directly contacting your teeth and causing cavities.
Periodontal care refers to treatments like scaling & root planing (also called deep cleanings) which are recommended to treat gum (periodontal) disease. Signs that you may have gum disease include bleeding when you brush or floss, swelling or discoloration of your gums, or persistent bad breath. If you notice these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pham for periodontal care.
Preventative care is the best way to keep your mouth healthy and prevent common oral issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Avoiding dental issues altogether will save you time and money by eliminating the need for fillings, root canal therapy, and other common restorative dental procedures. For these reasons, it’s important to get regular preventative care from Dr. Pham at SmileSpot. Call today to schedule your next six-month cleaning and oral exam!
The two most common dental issues in America are tooth decay (cavities) and gum disease. Studies show that more than 90% of American adults have had a cavity, and untreated cavities are one of the most common chronic health problems during childhood. According to the American Dental Association, nearly half of American adults suffer from gum disease. Don’t brush off preventive care! Schedule your next visit at SmileSpot today!
"I want to empower patients by providing compassionate, quality dental care."
– Dr. David Pham