Preventive Dentistry – Marion, OH
Stop Cavities Dead in Their Tracks
Do you know how to avoid most dental issues? The fact of the matter is most cavities and cases of gum disease can be prevented when you maintain simple oral care habits at home and at our dental office. It’s true that brushing and flossing are crucial, but you’ll also need to visit our dental office for routine dental checkups, teeth cleanings, and complete preventive dentistry in Marion, OH. Home and professional care is the proven solution to keeping your smile healthy and attractive for years to come. At Cross Creek Dental Care, we’re more than ready to do our part. To schedule your family’s next appointment, contact our dental office today!
Why Choose Cross Creek Dental Care for Preventive Dentistry?
- Dentist Maintains Over 30 Years of Practice Experience
- Team Dedicated to Making You Feel Like Family
- Modern and Comfortable Dental Office Environment
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
It doesn’t matter if you are 8 or 88, you should be committed to routine dental exams and cleanings at least once every six months. Not only do these appointments take less than an hour on average to complete, but they can also make the difference between having a healthy smile and missing cavities you didn’t know you had. During your checkup, one of our dentists will examine your teeth, gums, and bite for any abnormalities. The more regularly you get these appointments completed, the more likely you will be to catch issues before they have a chance to cause problems. After your exam, a hygienist will also perform a thorough dental cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar that’s present. This cleaning is far more detailed than what you can perform at home.
You can’t forget about the health of your gum tissue as it matters just as much as the health of your teeth. If you don’t practice proper hygiene, your gum tissue can easily develop an infection. Also known as periodontal disease, this condition can lead to redness, gum recession, sensitivity, chronic bad breath, and eventually tooth loss. During your visit, we always check for gum disease. If we do find it, we’ll perform a deep cleaning and apply unique antibiotics that swiftly remove it before it can cause severe problems.
Oral Cancer Screening
If detected late, oral cancer can be far more difficult to treat. Since it’s very easy to miss early on, our dental office performs a screening using advanced VELscope technology. We do this during every standard checkup in order to catch cells that could be potentially cancerous. When applied, problematic areas that would normally be invisible to the naked eye light up. If we find any concerning areas, we’ll refer you to a doctor so they can perform a proper diagnosis. Doing this ensures that, if treatment is needed, we can get you seen as soon as possible and improve your chances of beating the disease.
Children’s Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
Once your child’s first tooth erupts, we encourage you to bring them in for their first visit. Following this visit, you should make sure that they begin attending regular checkups and cleanings either by the age of two or three. We’ll closely examine your child’s mouth during these visits, clean their teeth, and prove to them that they have nothing to fear when it comes to visiting the dentist. Most of our team members are parents themselves, so they know exactly what they need to do to keep your child comfortable. Additionally, early dental appointments are essential for helping your child maintain proper oral care habits throughout their development.
If you brushed your teeth this morning, chances are very high that you exposed your teeth to fluoride, an essential mineral for long-term oral health. You’ll often find it in toothpaste and tap water because of how effective it is at lowering the risk of decay and strengthening your tooth enamel. To give our patients’ extra cavity protection during preventive visits, we apply a topical fluoride following your cleaning. This treatment is typically provided for younger patients perfecting their brushing technique, but it’s effective for patients of all ages.
Did you know that compared to the rest of your teeth, the molars and premolars are the most vulnerable to developing cavities? There are a few reasons why this is the case. For one, molars and premolars are difficult to reach, making oral care more difficult, especially for children. However, it’s also because these teeth contain deep pits and grooves, making it easier for plaque and food debris to get caught in them. With dental sealants, we can stop this from happening. This plastic coating is placed on top of them, effectively sealing the enamel away from cavity-causing bacteria. Young patients can benefit most from this treatment and expect at least 10 years of protection.