Preventative Dentistry

Our emphasis is on total preventive care for our patients. Total care begins with regular hygiene visits, regular checkups and continued home oral health routines. Our primary goal for our patients is to achieve and maintain optimum oral health through advances in techniques, technologies and by maintaining their scheduled dental exams.

Dental Cleanings & Checkups

Preventative dentistry begins with your regularly scheduled hygiene visits. During these appointments, we will:

  • Update your medical history
  • Discuss nutrition and how it effects oral health
  • Perform examination of head, neck, and mouth
  • Perform a gum and teeth evaluation
  • Take X-rays as needed
  • Clean you teeth
  • Provide Fluoride Treatments
  • Review your Oral Hygiene Routine
  • Answer any questions that you may have

Good oral health requires regular preventative appointments and an excellent home hygiene routine. Please ask us how you can better keep your smile both healthy and happy for a lifetime.

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Digital Dental Radiographs (X-Rays)

In order to provide our patients with the highest quality of dental services, we use digital dental radiographs, or x-rays, in our office. These radiographs provide Dr. Janvier with invaluable information about your oral and dental health.

While radiographic equipment does produce radiation (and depends on that radiation to function properly), modern advances in technology are continually reducing the amount of radiation that is produced. In fact, studies have shown that the amount of radiation produced by these machines is not significantly higher than other “normal” sources of radiation that we are exposed to on perhaps a daily basis, such as televisions and airplanes.

Digital Radiography provides benefits to our patients which include 50% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays, better diagnostic information for Dr. Janvier, and less waiting time for processing.  They are also chemical free - meaning that it is better for the environment.

X-rays work on a simple principle: the x-rays are stimulated and sent through the mouth. When these rays pass through, they are absorbed more by the bones in your mouth than the gums and other soft tissues, creating a picture of how the teeth inside your mouth are positioned, as well as any potential areas of weakness or decay in your teeth.

While this radiation is very low, it is still recommended that pregnant women avoid any unnecessary x-rays. However, pregnant women are also more vulnerable to gum disease, so x-rays be recommended, in which case proper precautions should be taken, such as using a lead apron and thyroid collar.

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Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a relatively recent but important advance in dental and oral health. Studies consistently show that a moderate but consistent exposure of teeth to fluoride helps strengthen and rebuild tooth structure, and helps prevent future decay.

It is important to note, however, that like any medical treatment, fluoride should be taken in moderation. Overexposure to fluoride can result in a cosmetic condition known as fluorosis: thin white lines, streaks or spots on the tooth enamel that start usually darken later. The risk of fluorosis is most pronounced in infants and children whose teeth have not yet fully developed and erupted from the gum line, which is why extra care must be taken to monitor how much fluoride a child ingests. Many, if not most, public water sources contain fluoridated water, and a common cause of fluorosis in children is powdered formula prepared that is prepared with fluoridated water. There are also many kinds of toothpaste, mouthwashes and even some flosses that contain fluoride. For more on fluoride and fluoridation, you can visit the ADA’s website on fluoride and the CDC’s website on infant formula preparation.

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Dental Sealants

The chewing surface of most back teeth contains many deep grooves and pits, which can trap bacteria and eventually lead to tooth decay. A dental sealant is a white liquid resin that is bonded into the grooves of a tooth, thus “sealing” it off from the bacteria within the mouth. This procedure requires no anesthetic and is completely painless. Your Dentist may recommend that you or your child receive dental sealants on select teeth that have these deep grooves and pits, thus preventing tooth decay.

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