In addition to brushing and flossing your teeth every day, receiving regular preventive dental care is absolutely essential to avoid the most common oral health problems year after year, namely cavities and gum disease. At Pinnacle Dental, we’re able to stop minor issues before they even begin using thorough checkups, refreshing cleanings, and the many other services detailed below. If it’s been more than six months since you or your child saw a dentist, be sure to give us a call to schedule an appointment!
We recommend that patients of all ages should get a routine checkup and cleaning at least once every six months to safeguard their smile. At these visits, one of our hygienists will use advanced instruments to remove plaque and tartar from those areas of your mouth that your tools at home can’t reach, and one of our dentists will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw. This type of care not only helps prevent cavities, but it will also make sure that any decay or damage is caught and treated early.
Do your teeth look worn down and flat? Do you wake up with a headache every morning? If so, then you may be experiencing bruxism, or nighttime teeth grinding. A common response to daily stress, this nocturnal habit can easily weaken and even break your teeth if left untreated, but that’s where a nightguard can save the day. As a small oral appliance only worn to bed, it keeps the smile safe by placing a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth to stop any grinding.
Oral cancer is often deadly in the advanced stages, but it’s easily treatable early on. To ensure our patients get the care they need as soon as possible, oral cancer screenings are a standard part of our checkups. We’ll examine your mouth for any sores or growths that could indicate cancer, and if we spot anything, we’ll help you get a diagnosis right away. Our team’s trained eyes are able to spot potential problem areas way earlier than the average person, so this is just another reason not to miss out on your regular visits!
While there is a nearly endless variety of toothpastes available today, about 99% of them contain fluoride. That’s because whenever this mineral is exposed to the teeth, it actually strengthens the enamel and repairs any areas of minor damage as well. In addition to using a fluoridated toothpaste at home, our team recommends that every patient (especially children) receive a topical fluoride treatment at their biannual checkups. We simply apply a gel to the teeth for a minute or so, and this is all that’s needed to give a patient a huge boost of cavity protection.