Regular hygiene appointments and standard cleanings are critical when it comes to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. When you come into any one of our Smile Culture Dental locations or affiliate practices for routine appointments, our hygienists will give you a professional cleaning and check for any signs of decay or cavities. These regular visits will give you peace of mind that your oral health is taken care of and ensure that your teeth and gums are strong.
The earliest stage of tooth decay is characterized by “soft spots” that occur when tooth enamel has been weakened, but a cavity has not yet fully formed. Fluoride treatments are used to halt and reverse this early stage of decay and protect your teeth from further damage.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has the unique ability to encourage tooth remineralization and strengthen enamel. The treatment is completely painless and non-invasive, and the entire procedure only takes a few minutes. If we notice soft spots on your teeth during a routine exam, we’ll suggest a fluoride treatment to get your smile back to optimal health.
Dental sealants consist of a special type of dental resin, which is “painted” onto your rear molars after a cleaning. This dental resin is then hardened with a UV light to form a barrier that protects tooth enamel from direct contact with sugary, acidic foods. In turn, this helps prevent tooth decay and cavities from developing.
It only takes a few minutes to apply a sealant on each tooth, and dental sealants can last more than 10 years. This preventive treatment is a great option for children and other patients who many be more prone to cavities. Ask about dental sealants during your next appointment!
Oral cancer screenings are usually recommended to all patients over 40 years old or those who conform to common risk factors, such as heavy sun exposure, tobacco use, or infection with HPV. At Smile Culture Dental, we perform oral cancer screenings as part of each preventive appointment, and each screening only takes a few minutes.
Periodontal disease affects nearly half of American adults, though many people don’t even know they have the condition. Signs and symptoms of the early stages of gum disease include bleeding when you brush and floss, inflamed gums, and a receding gum line. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact us today for periodontal treatment at Smile Culture Dental. We offer deep cleanings, antibiotics, and other treatments to help prevent and treat all stages of gum disease.