Having your teeth professionally cleaned is about more than a bright & shiny smile. Getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist on a regular basis may be the most important way we help you prevent oral health problems. A professional cleaning at our office is the only way to remove the stuck-on plaque & tartar that is left behind even after you brush.
In addition to flossing & brushing two times a day (for two whole minutes), visiting us at least twice a year for your teeth cleaning helps us catch & prevent common tooth problems, such as tooth decay (cavities) & gum disease. When oral health problems are caught early, they are easier & less expensive to treat & are less likely to cause you pain in the future. At your cleaning appointment, we can also give you tips on your at-home oral care routine, your diet & anything about your smile that you may be concerned or have questions about.
Plus, there’s nothing like that smooth, fresh feeling you get after your cleaning! Call 7to7 Dental & Orthodontics today for your appointment.
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!
Sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay on the biting surfaces of chewing teeth. A sealant is a simple procedure in which our doctor places a clear or tooth-colored acrylic “coating” onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves where decay is most likely to begin. This technique is usually done on permanent molars as soon as they have come in enough to be sealed. Sometimes primary molars have grooves deep enough to require sealing, as well. At less than half the cost of conventional fillings & without any anesthetics or drilling, sealants are one of the most important preventive tools 7to7 Dental & Orthodontics offers. Call us at 7to7 Dental & Orthodontics to schedule your appointment today!
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been shown to both prevent tooth decay & even reverse it in the early stages. Fluoride acts by strengthening your enamel, which is the hard shiny outer layer of your teeth that protects the softer, more vulnerable dentin beneath. Fluoride can re-mineralize tiny micro-cavities before they have the chance to grow into larger cavities & cause problems.
We recommend fluoride as a preventive treatment for children. Fluoride treatments are usually done at six-month cleaning appointments & usually take the form of a rinse or varnish that is applied directly to the teeth. We may also recommend fluoride treatments for adults who are a high risk of tooth decay.
And of course, we always recommend that you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
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!