Oral maintenance is not only important cosmetically, but it is very important to your overall health. The general condition of your teeth, gums, and soft tissues inside your mouth should be checked twice a year. Minor problems can be detected early during your bi annual exam and cleaning at 7to7 Dental & Orthodontics. Ignoring dental discomfort can lead to heart problems and become a costly issue that could have been prevented with regular cleanings & exams.
Dental Exams for Children & Adults
Checking for tooth decay, and gum diseases are all a part of a sound comprehensive dental exam. At 7to7 Dental & Orthodontics we check your teeth and see problems that are undetectable with the naked eye. Our team will guide you through the entire treatment process to ensure you understand and are comfortable with our team’s recommendations.
We know a lifetime of healthy teeth starts as a child with good dental habits! We love to educate children about proper dental hygiene! We want to make sure children have a great memory from their first experience at the dentist. We schedule children 3 years and over for a “happy visit”. This will allow them to become familiarized with proper brushing techniques, counting teeth, and other basic dental information to practice as they age. We strive to ensure they are happy the entire visit! We do not pressure any child into any type of treatment, which could be traumatic and give them a negative idea of what the dentist is. They will leave with a bag of dental goodies, and they will see how friendly our dentist office is!
To schedule your child for a Happy Visit, call and make an appointment today!
Dental sealants act as a barrier to help prevent cavities. Even the very best toothbrushing habits can miss the bacteria on the chewing surface of the tooth. Toothbrush bristles cannot fully reach into the grooves to clean the food and plaque. A sealant bonds with grooves of the teeth, acting as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. Your dentist will check the condition of the sealants at each routine appointment and reapply them if necessary. A sealant can only be placed on the tooth if there is no cavity present. A sealant is meant to protect the part of the tooth we chew with. A sealant will not protect the “in between” of your teeth. It is important to floss daily to help prevent cavities from developing in between the teeth.
Sugar has become a large part of the American diet, especially in children. Sugar breaks down the enamel when not properly removed and left on the surface of the tooth. Fluoride has been added to public water supplies for nearly 70 years, however this fluoride does not benefit our teeth once they have erupted! Fluoride varnishes are an excellent solution to strengthening the enamel and resist cavities. Before a tooth breaks the gum line, fluoride is received from foods, water, and supplements. Once a tooth breaks the gum line (erupted), fluoride helps rebuild the tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. Using toothpaste and rinses containing fluoride on a daily basis, will help to reduce the risk of cavities. Having a professional fluoride applied on your dental visit will help to reduce the risk of cavities even greater. When you come in for your cleaning appointment, our dental hygienists will evaluate you to see if a fluoride application will benefit you! Nearly all insurance companies pays for fluoride for children!
Scaling and Root Planing; also referred to as a “Deep Cleaning”
Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the soft and hard structures that support the teeth. Many patients do not realize they have periodontal disease because it often times does not cause pain. Once you have been diagnosed as having periodontal disease, we want to resolve the infection under your gums to help your teeth and gums stay stable for a lifetime. We know if you have healthy gums and healthy bone, your crowns, fillings and other dental work will last longer. If periodontal disease is not treated, it can result in bone loss which leads to losing teeth.
Periodontal (Gum) Health is the foundation of how we care for our patients. We resolve periodontal infection by removing the source of the infection under your gums. This is many times caused by calculus, or tartar, along the root surface of the tooth. This tartar acts as a splinter from the tooth causing infection. We use many of the same instruments we would use for a routine cleaning, to remove the calculus under the gums. We make sure our patients are comfortable by ensuring their teeth and gums are numb prior to beginning any periodontal treatment. Once the calculus is removed the gums have an opportunity to get healthy. Once your gums have reached a healthy state, it is important we see you more frequently! We are committed to providing superior care to help your gums stay healthy which is why we have designed our appointments to work with your life, to ensure we are available to you!
If you have been told you have periodontal disease, we would like an opportunity to help you resolve the infection and get your gums healthier!
After you have had a Scaling and Root Planing procedure to treat periodontal disease, it is necessary to see the dental hygienist more frequently to help ensure gums stay healthy. It is recommended to see your dental hygienist every 3 months after having periodontal treatment. This appointment is slightly different than a cleaning every 6 months in that we evaluate all of your gums to ensure no areas of infection show inflammation. If an area of infection is beginning, we will care for that area! It is our goal for our patients who have had active periodontal disease stay healthy and keep their teeth for a lifetime!