Melody Hill Preventive Dentistry
At Reliant Family Dental, preventive care is the foundation of our practice. With good oral hygiene care and regular checkups and cleanings, you’ll be able to prevent most common dental health problems such as decay and gum disease.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Good dental health starts with a regular brushing and flossing routine at home and professional cleanings every six months.
We’ll work with you to create a routine that you feel good about and can stick to, provide advice on technique, give you support, and answer your questions. We want to be your go-to resource when you have questions about your dental health, so don’t hesitate to call our office with any concerns.
Some patients wonder why they still need regular cleanings when they’re doing such a great job following their brushing and flossing routine at home. The answer is that even the most diligent brusher and flosser can still miss spots.
Teeth are irregularly shaped and have lots of little nooks and crannies where plaque and bacteria can hide. Over time, even these small areas (usually between the teeth and below the gumline) will build up plaque that hardens into tartar. Once tartar forms, the only way to remove it is with professional instruments.
A cleaning is done in three basic parts:
- An ultrasonic instrument is used to detach larger bits of tartar from your teeth.
- The dental hygienist uses hand-held instruments to carefully remove any bits that remain.
- The teeth are polished to a smooth and shiny finish.
Examinations with Dr. Meunier are another important piece of your preventive care program.
These examinations give us a chance to discuss any ongoing concerns you might have or new issues that have come up, review your progress on any conditions we’ve been treating, and check your teeth visually and with x-rays to look for any new problems that might be developing.
When you come see us for examinations every six months, we can typically catch developing problems when they are still very small. This provides us with easier, faster, and less invasive treatment options.
For example, it’s much easier to treat a small cavity that is just getting started than it is to treat a more advanced cavity that has struck the root and is now causing you significant pain. Despite the portrayal of dentists on movies and in TV, we don’t like seeing our patients in pain, and we will do whatever we can to help you avoid discomfort!
Preventive Dental Procedures
Along with regular cleanings and examinations, we can take additional steps to strengthen and protect your teeth. If your family isn’t getting enough fluoride, we can provide fluoride rinses and supplementation to make your teeth more resistant to cavities. For our patients who appear to be more prone to cavities, we can discuss sealants to protect the crevices of the molars from bacteria and decay.