Prevention

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nce you are an adult, your teeth are the only teeth that you have for the rest of your life. So preventing decay, oral cancer, and damage from grinding and clenching should be a high priority for you. We want to help you maintain a healthy smile through preventive measures, such as regular cleanings and screenings.

The professionals at Artistic Works Dentistry provide thorough explanations for all treatments to ensure that you are comfortable with the procedures. We also discuss treatment options to help you choose the best solution for you or your family member.

  • Cleanings and Examinations

    • Professional teeth cleaning, or prophylaxis, removes plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and cleans areas that might be difficult to reach in routine toothbrushing. Regular teeth cleaning by a dental professional helps prevent gum disease. We offer a gentle, professional cleaning to ensure that you have a comfortable, positive experience.

      When you come to us for a regular cleaning, we also perform a thorough examination. In addition to digital x-rays, we use advanced cavity detection methods. We apply a special light to your teeth to discover small cavities that the x-ray does not show and to expose cavities behind existing fillings. By diagnosing tooth decay early, we reduce the size of the restoration, which preserves more of the natural tooth structure and keeps the cost of treatment low.

      We also screen and check for peridontal (gum) disease. Early detection and treatment is key to maintaining the health of your gums and bone, which is the foundation for your teeth. During the examination, we also use an intraoral camera to show you problem areas in your mouth and teach you ways to improve them. With this information, you will be better equipped to manage your oral health when you are at home. We believe that educating our patients increases their opportunity for preventing cavities and gum disease.


  • Protective Guards

    • Whether you are young or old, you might need guards to protect your teeth. Our mouth guards are designed to protect you from sports accidents. Our night guards preserve teeth and cosmetic work, such as crowns and veneers, that can be damaged by grinding or clenching your teeth.

      The guards that we create are superior to those you might find in a sporting goods store. We customize the guards to ensure a close fit so they stay in place. We also use better materials to withstand the expected clenching, grinding, or blows. Our protective guards are designed to last longer with less oral irritation while comfortably protecting your teeth.


  • Oral Cancer Screening

    • We routinely screen for oral cancer during examinations. By diagnosing cancer early, we can prevent the pain and reduce the potential for invasive procedures.


  • Be Proactive about Prevention

    • If you have not had a professional cleaning or examination in the last six months, call us to set up an appointment. Also, if you think you might be clenching or grinding your teeth, or you play sports, we can help you determine whether you might need a guard. These preventative measures help ensure long-term oral health, which leads to a confident smile.

      As a family dentistry practice, we care for your whole family. We want to prevent cavities and promote good oral health in a caring environment. For those who might be anxious about dental cleaning or treatments, we can provide nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas, or other methods to make you feel more at ease. Call us today to start preserving your smile.