Preventative Care

Regular Exams and Cleanings

Visiting the office every six months is strongly encouraged to maintain great oral health. These routine appointments are scheduled with a dental hygienist and also involve an exam with the dentist. We will set aside 60 minutes for this appointment for adult patients and anywhere from 30-60 minutes for children and adolescents.

During regular exams we will:

  • Check for any problems
  • Search for cavities and signs of tooth decay
  • Look for signs of gingivitis and periodontal disease
  • Clean and polish your teeth

Early Dental Care

Early childhood dental care is very important for a lifetime of healthy teeth. There is no better time than now to start working on great oral hygiene to ensure that your child’s primary teeth stay health and cavity free.

At Hazelton Family Dentistry, we see kids of all ages! We recommend that you bring your child in between 6 months and one year of age to start familiarizing them with dental care. To get them ready for their first visit, we recommend that you practice brushing at home and getting them used to having hands in their mouth. It is recommended that you are brushing your child’s teeth with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste no matter what age the child is.

Children often times would rather be independent. This is fine! Let them brush, but then you get a turn to brush as well after they are done. We encourage parents to help their kids brush until they are about 7 years old.

Establishing dental care early in a child’s life is the best way to create good lifelong dental habits.


Disney Magic Timer App

This cool app from Oral-B is fun for kids to use while brushing their teeth. They can learn to brush for longer and be entertained while doing so. Kid tested and approved by the office staff families.


2MIN2X

Dentists recommend that we brush for 2 minutes 2 times a day. For children, this can seem like an eternity. This website has 2 minute videos to show your children to help them get into the habit of brushing for the right amount of time. There are great tips for parents on a wide variety of topics.


What are good oral hygiene habits?


How can I prevent cavities?


Fluoride

Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay. It’s a quick treatment in the office that can be done during your regular exam. It is recommended for all routine preventative visits for children. It is often recommended for adults who might be more at risk for developing cavities or sensitivity in their teeth.


Silver Diamine Fluoride

This antimicrobial liquid is brushed on teeth as a form of super fluoride to stop tooth decay. This type of fluoride would be used when there is already decay present in a tooth. SDF is applied to individual teeth to halt decay while also giving positive effects to other teeth.


Sealants

This preventative treatment is applied to teeth to protect areas of teeth that are hard to get to with normal brushing. The liquid hardens in the deep grooves of teeth forming a protective barrier against tooth decay. This extra protection can help prevent cavities. Sealants are typically recommended for children’s teeth as a preventative measure after their permanent teeth have erupted.


Mouth guards

These are important in the protection of teeth and gums from injury. The American Dental Association recommends that you wear a mouthguard for any kind of full-contact sport. We recommend a custom-made mouthguard that will be made to fit you specifically. There are also mouthguards you can purchase at the store. We are happy to consult with you to get the best product to protect your teeth.