Routine Dental Care
At CarolinasDentist, we create personalized, prevention-based treatment plans for our patients. That’s because we’d much rather save you time, stress, and money by preventing issues from occurring or by halting them in their tracks. Our different hygiene services keep your teeth and gums healthy and limit your risk of future problems.
Professional Teeth Cleanings & Exams
Have you heard Benjamin Franklin’s famous saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? Well, this is definitely the case when it comes to your oral health. Even if you don’t have any pressing dental concerns, you should still visit the dentist for a professional teeth cleaning and exam every six months so we can make sure everything is in tip-top shape, or deal with problems (like cavities and gum disease) while they’re still small.
During these appointments, we evaluate your overall oral health; take X-rays to detect issues; remove stains, plaque, and tartar; polish your teeth; and provide an oral cancer screening. At CarolinasDentist, we use an ultrasonic scaler that sprays away debris from teeth, compared to the sometimes uncomfortable scraping of traditional tools. We are also happy to give you pointers for at-home oral care as well!
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens teeth against acid and decay. You’re probably most familiar with it in toothpaste packaging, but it’s also in most cities’ water supplies too. Some people at a high risk for cavities or who have a fluoride deficiency require a bit more in order to maintain a healthy smile. If your teeth are in extra need of protection, we can topically apply fluoride to them in a simple, quick procedure.
Gum Disease Treatments
A healthy mouth isn’t just about healthy teeth — you have to look after your gums too! Gum disease has been linked to a variety of other health issues including heart disease and diabetes. If you notice that you have red, swollen, bleeding, or receding gums (or if you have bad breath or loose teeth), then you may have gum disease.
We have different gum disease treatments available depending on how severe your case is. Two of these include a professional dental cleaning as well as scaling and root planing (removing plaque and tartar from around the gum line and then smoothing rough spots).
Tooth Decay Prevention
Tooth decay is a widespread issue, but many people don’t realize they have it until their dentist tells them they have a cavity or they get a painful infection. When decay is left to its own devices, it can result in a toothache, gum swelling, bad breath, and even discoloration on teeth.
In order to fight tooth decay, it’s important to keep up with your regular dental visits and practice good oral hygiene at home. At CarolinasDentist, we use the state-of-the-art CariFree device to detect cavities as early as possible. If you happen to be diagnosed with tooth decay, we can determine the best treatment for you. Otherwise, our dentists can sit down with you to discuss best practices for tooth decay prevention.