Routine dental check-ups are recommended every six months. They are vital to good oral hygiene and the best way to detect problems at their earliest stages. Oral Cancer screenings are complimentray and are performed every six months at your visit.
There are many different levels of a dental cleaning. By measuring your gum tissue surrounding your tooth, the dentist or dental hygienist will determine what cleaning is right for you. In some cases, you may be referred to a specialist (Periodontist) to treat your gum disease.
What is Fluoride Varnish?
An optional treatment that hardens the teeth and makes them more resistant to decay.
Who benefits from Fluoride Varnish?
Fluoride treatments are routinely used after cleaning for children, but many adults benefit from fluoride treatment as much as, or even more than children. Adults who show the following characteristics would benefit from a Fluoride Varnish treatment:
Who doesn’t need Fluoride Varnish?
- Frequent decay
- Gum recession with exposed tooth root (roots are more vulnerable to decay)
- Sensitive teeth
- Dry mouth (a lack of normal saliva flow makes teeth more susceptible to decay)
- Infrequent brushing and flossing
- Frequent consumption of soda pop or other acidic drinks
- Crowns or multiple fillings (the edges of crowns and fillings are prone to decay)
- Active orthodontic treatment (brackets trap more plaque making teeth more likely to decay)
- Developmental defects in the teeth
If you have never had a cavity or have not had one for several years, eat a healthy diet low in sugar, brush 2-3 times a day and floss once a day, you do not need Fluoride Varnish.
Will my insurance cover this service?
Generally insurance does not cover Fluoride Varnish for adults, but with a minimal investment, you can prevent much more costly repairs down the road.
Are placed on the chewing surface of the permanent back molars to help protect them from bacteria and acids that contribute to tooth decay. Although thorough brushing and flossing helps remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of the teeth, toothbrush bristles can’t always reach into deep grooves. Sealants add extra protection for the grooved and pitted areas. Sealants can last many years and have a white appearance.