As anyone will tell you, preventing a problem from occurring in the first place is much less of a headache than having to fix it later, and that’s exactly the approach we take here at Lakeshore Dental. With the services listed below, we’re able to help our patients avoid many of the most common dental issues, such as tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and more. To schedule your next checkup and cleaning so we can start safeguarding your family’s smiles, be sure to contact us today.
With a dental checkup, Dr. Patel has the chance to learn about a patient’s dental health so he can catch and treat problems at their earliest stages. And with a cleaning, one of our hygienists will expertly remove plaque and tartar deposits from the teeth while also breaking up minor surface stains. We recommend that everyone, children and adults alike, have at least two checkups and cleanings each year to keep their smile beautiful and fully protected.
A dental sealant enables our team to give the most cavity-prone teeth (typically the back ones) a little bit of extra protection without affecting their appearance. Applied as a liquid, a sealant quickly hardens into an invisible barrier that cavity-causing plaque, bacteria, and acids cannot cross. They are excellent for children who are still learning to brush their teeth, and they are also helpful for adults who frequently deal with decay.
Are you stressed? If so, then research says that you have about a 1 in 3 chance of suffering from bruxism, a condition where a person clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth at night. Over time, this can severely weaken the teeth to the point that they actually break! Thankfully, by having a patient wear a nightguard to bed, we can keep them protected from this sneaky problem. It is a small, custom-made mouthguard that places a physical barrier between the teeth to stop any grinding. Nightguards are also an effective treatment for jaw soreness or sensitivity.
When it comes to oral cancer, early detection is the key to successfully treating and surviving the disease, which is why our dentists always perform an oral cancer screening as part of every routine checkup. For this, they’ll use a special light called a VELscope®, which enables them to spot cancerous and precancerous tissues before they would normally be visible to the naked eye. Should they find anything concerning during a screening, they can help a patient quickly get the follow-up care that they need.
Fluoride is a mineral that is often added to tap water because it has long been shown to help strengthen the teeth against both decay and cavities. However, due to the growth in popularity of non-fluoridated bottled water, many people aren’t getting enough day to day to keep their teeth fully protected. This is why we include a topical fluoride treatment as part of every regular checkup. Just by applying a concentrated fluoride solution to the teeth for a few minutes, we can give a patient extra cavity protection between appointments.
Our team is ready to provide you with certain oral homecare products that you just won’t find on store shelves. Prevident® is a prescription strength toothpaste used to help those who have chronic decay, and PerioGard® is a small, medicine-filled mouthpiece used to eliminate gum disease. Should you need either one of these products, we will recommend them during your regular checkup. We’re also happy to give you any recommendations as to which types of products (toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.) your family should be using at home!
If you have a little smile at home, the team at Lakeshore Dental is ready to do it’s part to make sure they enjoy a lifetime of optimal oral health. We have the fun and relaxed environment kids love as well as a variety of treatments specially designed for their growing smiles. Many of our team members (including both of our doctors) are parents themselves, so we’ll know just how to make your child comfortable starting from their very first visit!
Did you know that the most common dental problem in the United States is actually gum disease, better known as gum disease? This oral infection attacks the gums, roots of the teeth, and the bone that supports them. Early symptoms include red, tender, and bleeding gums, and it can eventually cause systematic tooth loss! Should you show any signs of this infection, Lakeshore Dental has the tools and the training to take care of it right away, whether using a deep cleaning, laser dentistry, or targeted antibiotics.