Preventive Dentistry – Rocky Hill, CT
The Honest Dental Care
Cavities and gum disease can be devastating, but luckily there are plenty of ways you can protect yourself against these serious oral health problems. In addition to brushing and flossing every day, you should be visiting Dental Essentials of Rocky Hill at least two times every year for checkups, cleanings, and other forms of preventive care designed to keep your smile as bright and healthy as possible. Has it been more than six months since your last dental appointment? If so, give our dental office a call for preventive dentistry in Rocky Hill, CT.
Why Choose Dental Essentials of Rocky Hill for Preventive Dentistry?
- Comprehensive Quality Dental Care
- Dental Office That Values Fairness and Honesty
- No Upselling: We Only Recommend What You Need
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
You should already be brushing and flossing every day to remove plaque, food particles, and other potentially harmful substances from your teeth. But even with your best efforts, you may not effectively be cleaning all of the surfaces in your mouth, and oral health issues such as cavities might start to develop without you even realizing it. This is why your biannual visits are so important; we can clean the spots you’ve missed during your daily oral hygiene routine, and we can find potential problems before permanent damage is inflicted.
Our dental office is happy to welcome children as well as adults. Ideally, your child should start visiting the dentist no later than their first birthday. The earlier they are introduced to dental care, the easier it will be to teach them the habits they’ll need to make their precious smile last well after they reach adulthood. These visits are also a good opportunity for us to educate you and your little one on the best oral hygiene practices as well as other factors that can affect the health of their teeth, such as nutrition.
The importance of fluoride cannot be underestimated; it helps fight the bacteria that can eventually cause decay, strengthen the enamel, and it even works to reverse the earliest stages of cavity development. During your appointment, we can take a few minutes to directly apply highly concentrated fluoride to your teeth to give them the best protection possible. This treatment is ideal for younger patients and anyone who is at a higher risk for tooth decay in general.
When your child first begins learning the ropes of oral hygiene, they may have trouble brushing as effectively as possible. Specifically, they may struggle cleaning the molars and premolars, which have many crevices where bacteria like to hide. This substantially increases their risk of developing cavities at an early age. Luckily, though, we can seal off these at-risk teeth with a thin protective coating that is quickly applied and lasts for many years; with this added protection, your little one’s teeth will be that much safer while their oral hygiene skills develop!
Silver Diamine Fluoride
Silver diamine fluoride was recently approved for use in the United States by the FDA in 2014. Combining fluoride with silver improves its ability to fight decay by killing the bacteria on the surfaces of the teeth while also preventing them from spreading throughout the mouth. It’s often suggested as a comfortable alternative to drilling for patients of all ages who are anxious about their dental care.
Athletic Mouthguards/ Sportsguards
Is your child part of an athletic team at school? Or do you play in a local league yourself in order to get some exercise? No matter what kind of physical activity you’re participating in, there’s always a chance of an accident that could injure your teeth or jaw. An athletic mouthguard will protect you from the worst of the damage in the event that you take a blow to the mouth, and a mouthguard from Dental Essentials of Rocky Hill will be customized to fit your smile so that you can wear it comfortably onto the field.
At-Home Dental Hygiene Products
What kind of toothpaste is in your bathroom cabinet right now? Does it contain fluoride? Has it received the ADA Seal of Acceptance? How effective is it in helping you maintain a smile free of decay and disease? Talk to us about the kind of products you’re using at home; if you need recommendations, we can point you in the direction of Colgate toothpaste, Crest mouthwash, and other products that we use ourselves so you can take great care of your smile between dental appointments.