At our practice, we prefer to prevent cavities rather than just repair them as they pop up. Not only is this approach much easier on our patients, but it’s also much better for the teeth’s long-term health and appearance! With just two easy appointments each year, you and your entire family can enjoy problem-free smiles you never have to give a second thought. If it’s been more than six months since you or your child’s last checkup, be sure to schedule one today!
Every patient experience at our practice starts with a standard checkup and cleaning. They enable our team to learn everything we can about your smile while taking care of it all at the same time.
For a cleaning, one of our highly-trained hygienists will use sophisticated tools to remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth, which are the root cause of most dental problems. They’ll be able to target those areas your brush and floss can’t reach at home, plus they’ll break up light surface stains to give your teeth a nice polish!
And with a checkup, also known as an oral exam, Dr. Price will look at your teeth, gums, jaw, and any existing dental work to make sure everything is in good shape. Should he spot a problem, he’ll quickly be able to address it before it can really affect your smile. These appointments are often able to stop many dental problems before they even start!
We’re ready to do our part to make sure Porter’s most precious smiles grow up to be big, strong, and healthy. During your child’s visits, we’ll help protect their teeth from cavities, make sure their mouth is developing correctly, and provide helpful education so they know how and why to take care of their teeth at home. Many of our team members are parents themselves, so you can trust they’ll know exactly how to keep your little one comfortable the entire time!
Dental sealants allow us to give the most vulnerable teeth a little bit of extra protection. The back teeth (molars and premolars) tend to be the most susceptible to cavities because their rough surfaces make them difficult to clean while brushing, especially for young children. With a sealant, we can apply a clear, thin layer of a plastic-based substance that will place an invisible barrier on a tooth that plaque, food particles, and bacteria cannot penetrate, effectively stopping decay.
Do you ever wake up with a sore jaw, or do your teeth look like they’ve been worn down? If so, then you may be suffering from bruxism, a condition where a person unconsciously clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth while they sleep. If this is an issue for you, we can recommend that you wear something called a nightguard to bed. It will place a firm but comfortable barrier between your teeth that will keep them safe during the night so you can rest easy.
If you or your child regularly participate in sports, then you should definitely make sure everyone’s teeth are protected with a mouthguard before hitting the field, mat, or court. Dental injuries actually account for about 40% of all sports injuries! We can provide you with a custom-made mouthguard specially designed to fit over your teeth. This will make it much more comfortable than any generic mouthguard, and it will also do a much better job of defending your smile.
Fluoride is basically nature’s gift to your smile, which is why you’ll so often find the mineral in toothpaste as well as tap water. Of course, you’ll find it in our office, too! We can give you and your loved ones a topical fluoride treatment at the end of your regular checkups to make sure everyone stays cavity-free between appointments. It’s quick, it’s painless, and it’ll keep your smile strong until we can see you again.