Cleanings and Prevention
At Sycamore Dental, we believe that preventive dentistry is essential to lasting oral health. We offer comprehensive dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays to help all of our patients maintain a healthy smile and prevent the development of dental problems.
When you combine our preventive dental services with healthy eating and a diligent home care routine, you can avoid serious and costly dental problems. That’s the key to protecting your confident, beautiful smile for years to come.
Dental Exams and Cleanings
When you visit us for your regular six-month check up exam, you receive a dental exam and cleaning from your dental hygienist and dentist.
Every examination includes five steps to check for any signs or symptoms that indicate dental concerns:
- X-rays detect decay, tumors, cysts, bone loss, and tooth and root positions
- Oral cancer screening checks the entire oral area for signs of cancer
- Gum disease evaluation assesses the gums and bone around the teeth
- Examination of tooth surfaces checks for decay, the condition of fillings and crowns, and overall condition of the teeth
Once this examination is complete, your dental cleaning, also called a dental prophylaxis, is performed to do the following:
- Remove plaque, the sticky substance that inflames the gums and causes decay
- Remove tartar, the hardened plaque that leads to advanced periodontal disease
- Polish the teeth to remove stains
It’s essential to visit your dentist every six months for an exam and cleaning. Without regular attention from your dentist, you could develop cavities, gum disease, and other serious problems that are much easier to resolve when caught early.
X-rays are one of the most important tools your dentist uses to learn about the condition of your teeth. Sycamore Dental is committed to using digital x-rays in order to limit the level of radiation involved in the x-ray process, help patients feel more comfortable, and eliminate the time and resources needed to develop x-rays.
You won’t need to undergo x-rays at every dental appointment. Instead, your dentist will recommend necessary x-rays based upon factors such as your age, risk of disease, and dental history.
We take. a full mouth series of x-rays for all new patients, plus a full series every three to five years to track the condition of the mouth. X-rays of just the top and bottom teeth biting together are recommended once or twice a year to make sure new dental problems aren’t overlooked.
It is always our goal to ensure digital x-rays are used to protect and enhance your oral health.
Tooth whitening has become the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures for patients with discolored teeth. If you’re frustrated by yellow and brown stains that show when you smile, tooth whitening is a safe and simple treatment shown to efficiently remove discoloration and restore a bright white appearance.
The team at Sycamore Dental is committed to treating tooth whitening patients with the best whitening technologies available with custom trays. Call our office to learn more about our whitening services and schedule your first appointment.
Fluoride and Sealants
Every time you eat and drink, your teeth are vulnerable to sugars, acids, bacteria, and food debris. It’s important to protect your teeth from these substances with sealants and fluoride.
A dental sealant creates a solid, durable coating over the grooves of your molars to prevent cavities from forming in areas your toothbrush can’t reach. We recommend sealants on young children and adults as the easiest and most efficient preventive measure.
Fluoride is applied as a varnish over all of the teeth to stop cavities from developing. Decades of research demonstrate the power of fluoride to reduce the prevalence of decay, especially in children. We recommend that all of our young patients receive regular fluoride treatments as soon as their teeth erupt.