Preventative and Diagnostic Dentistry (Routine Cleaning Procedures)
Preventative care is the backbone of dentistry, including a variety of treatments: comprehensive exams and dental cleanings which maintain healthy teeth, radiographs which help to diagnose issues beneath the surface, and sealants and fluoride treatments which prevent cavities.
This is the part of your appointment where diagnoses are made. An oral exam is suggested every six months to help prevent cavities and other dental issues. During each exam, the mouth, head, and neck are all examined to check for abnormalities. Oral cancer screenings are also included as a part of every dental exam performed in our office for all patients.
For children, at every visit, the dentist measures jaw growth to ensure proper development. If any changes in your child’s growth pattern are detected, our doctors at Redstone Dental Center may suggest early interceptive treatment. Click here to read more about early interceptive treatment!
Regularly scheduled cleanings help keep teeth free of cavities and keep gums healthy. Dental cleanings include removal of plaque and tartar as well as polishing of teeth
to remove stains and prevent further plaque buildup. Cleanings should be scheduled every six months or sooner. If the dentist thinks you may be more at risk for developing caries or periodontal disease, you may find yourself scheduling cleanings every three or four months.
Children receive a choice of flavors for toothpaste!
Oral Hygiene Instruction
Oral hygiene instructions are given to the patient and/or caregiver during each regular checkup. Proper home care can help prevent tartar and plaque buildup, which can lead to cavities. Instruction is given for proper flossing, brushing, and rinsing.