Diagnosis & Prevention
The best way to keep your teeth and mouth healthy is to prevent disease before it starts. We provide the following preventive services:
Routine Check Ups
Regular dental exams are the basis for maintaining good oral health. They help your dentist diagnosis dental disease early. When these issues can be found early, this often saves the patient much time, money and discomfort.
Dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar deposits that have built up on teeth over time which cannot be removed with traditional brushing. Dr. Dove at Dove Dental Group recommends at least two dental cleanings per year to help prevent future dental problems and keep your mouth healthy.
Just as routine exams catch disease early, your dentist can use dental x-rays to catch disease not typically visible in the mouth. Routine x-rays are used to diagnose cavities in between the teeth, bone loss due to periodontal disease and even to unveil potential cysts and or cancer of the bone. Dr. Dove recommends x-rays to be taken every 6 months in a moderate caries risk patient.
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria and sugars. Fluoride can help reverse early enamel decay. These treatments are vital because they contain a much higher level of fluoride than the amount found in toothpastes, mouth rinses and water. At Dove Dental, we offer both a fluoride foam or varnish.
Nightguards / Mouthguards
Does your jaw hurt in the morning? Does your partner complain of you grinding your teeth? These are indications you need to wear a nightguard. Dr. Dove will be able to make you a custom, professional-grade nightguard that helps prevent tooth wear and discomfort to the teeth and temporomandibular joint.
Are you involved in an active sports life? Dental injuries are common and often preventable. At Dove Dental Group, we can make you a custom mouthguard with your team’s logo or colors.
Sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a tooth-colored material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay occurs most frequently. Sealants are typically performed for children, helping to keep harmful bacteria from the teeth for years to come.