At Bellevue Dentistry, we know that preventive care is the key to keeping your smile healthy. That’s why we offer preventative services to help you avoid dental problems down the road. We recommend that you visit us every six months for a checkup, and we’ll work with you to develop a personalized preventive care plan that’s right for you.
Prevention is the cornerstone of dental health. By practicing good oral hygiene and visiting our office for regular cleanings and checkups, we can help you avoid many serious dental problems. Our team can support you in the prevention of cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems. We do this by not only serving you in the office, but offering education to support your hygienic regimen at home. Proper oral hygiene includes brushing your teeth twice a day with a toothbrush that has soft bristles, flossing daily, and using mouthwash. Visiting our office regularly is also important; that way, if we detect any problems, they can be resolved without progressing or causing more damage.
If you have any questions about our preventative services, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our Bellevue, WA, team is always happy to help!
Cleanings & Examinations
Dental cleanings and examinations are important for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. During a cleaning, our dental hygienists will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth, and tartar is hardened plaque. Plaque and tartar can cause cavities and gum disease if they are not removed.
During an examination, our dentist will check for tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems. We may also take x-rays to check for problems that cannot be seen with the naked eye. If we find any issues while conducting our exam, we will develop a treatment plan to address them.
Dental sealants are one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay and cavities, especially in children. A dental sealant is a thin, clear, or white coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where many cavities occur. Sealants protect these teeth by “sealing out” food and plaque from the grooves and pits of the teeth.
Sealants are most often applied to children’s teeth, but can also be used on adults’ teeth – especially for adults who are prone to cavities or have deep fissures on the surfaces of their molars.
Sealants can last for several years but will need to be reapplied or replaced as they wear down over time. Regular dental checkups will help our team determine when sealants need to be reapplied.
Fluoride treatment is a preventative measure used in dentistry to help protect teeth from decay. Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally occurring in the soil and rocks; it is also added to many public water supplies as a way to help prevent tooth decay. When fluoride is applied to the teeth, it helps to remineralize the enamel, making it more resistant to decay. Fluoride treatments can be applied in a dental office to strengthen the tooth enamel and even repair some small cavities.