Having a dentist perform a dental checkup, every six months will help clean your teeth while also monitoring your mouth for any signs of tooth decay and gum disease. These appointments also include a basic screening for early signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer.
If our dentist finds a problem he will help you understand your treatment options. Sometimes a simple preventive treatment can address an issue before it develops into something serious.
If Dr. James Shaheen finds bacterial deposits trapped on the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars he might recommend applying dental sealants. This preventive measure can be administered immediately following your dental checkup to ensure the tooth enamel is completely free of any lingering bacterial matter.
Once the dental resin has been applied our dentist will use a special ultraviolet light to cure the dental sealants and bond them to the underlying tooth enamel to create an impermeable barrier to prevent bacteria from affecting the area.
The dental sealants will be very durable. Chewing food and brushing your teeth will not easily degrade them. Many dental sealants can last up to ten years.
Our dentist might also advise you to make some minor improvements in your oral hygiene routine to help prevent cavities in your other teeth. Remembering to thoroughly floss between each of your teeth and along the gumline once a day will also help prevent problems with gum disease.
If you are in the New Hudson, Michigan, area and you are due for your next dental checkup, you should call 734-707-8764 to set up an appointment at Smiles of Grand River.