Preventive Dental Care in Yakima
Do you want to keep your teeth for the rest of your life? You can if you practice good oral hygiene and come see Dr. Tew every six months. We provide a range of preventive dental services aimed at keeping your teeth and gums in great shape. You maintain your good oral health by preventing cavities and gum disease from forming, or by detecting them early so you can get them handled before they do extensive damage to your teeth.
Good oral health begins at home with daily brushing and flossing. This removes the sticky film that forms on your teeth called plaque. Plaque is a layer of bacteria that releases acids that harm your tooth enamel and cause cavities and gum disease. Brushing and flossing regularly keeps your breath fresh and gives you healthy teeth and gums.
The preventive dental procedures provided by our office include:
Comprehensive Dental Exam
Your teeth, gums, and mouth are thoroughly examined by Dr. Tew for signs of cavities or disease. By detecting these problems early, we can treat them before they do major damage.
While home brushing is very important, getting your teeth cleaned professionally every six months, or some times more often depending on your condition, will remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) that brushing at home can’t remove, including below the gum line. Your teeth will feel and look their cleanest.
You need to have X-rays taken periodically so we can see any hidden problems forming inside your teeth or below the gum line. Early detection means you will have a smaller dental problem to treat. This will save you money and keep your teeth healthy.
The bacteria which grow on your teeth produce acids which eat at your tooth enamel. This is the source of cavities. Fluoride treatments help protect your teeth from the acids produced by bacteria, reducing your risk of getting cavities.
A dental sealant is a plastic material applied to the chewing surface of your molars. This seals the nooks and crannies of your molars and helps prevent bacteria from forming cavities. Sealants may be recommended if you have a high risk of developing cavities.
Solutions for Cavities
Dental fillings are used to repair your tooth where the damaged enamel was removed. Decades ago, dentists used metal fillings for cavities, but nowadays Dentists at Yakima use a tooth-colored resin material for fillings that blend well with your natural teeth.