Maintaining good oral health begins with the preventative service we offer, such as teeth cleaning, VisiLite® oral cancer screening, and sealants.
It is recommended by both the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry that children be seen within 6 months of their first tooth or by 12 months of age. We provide a safe and non threatening environment for a first dental visit.
Patients see one of our two highly qualified hygienists for a polish of teeth, removal of buildup and stains. An oral cancer exam is done and any issues with the teeth and gums are addressed alongside Dr. Van Guilder.
This is for patients with periodontal disease, also known as a ‘deep cleaning’.
We recommend fluoride treatment for all patients, children and adults alike, who are at a moderate to high risk of cavities. We place fluoride varnish, which is more effective and stays on the teeth longer than the more traditional foam in tray method. This varnish method also makes it possible for you to eat and drink immediately after application.
A brilliant new approach to discovering caries and cracks is a compact, portable cavity detection device that uses patented transillumination technology to support the identification of cavities in teeth, around existing fillings and cracks. Dr. Van Guilder will use this camera during exams along side of radiographs to get a better diagnosis of all conditions present in the teeth.
Sealants are resins that fill in the grooves of the permanent teeth to help prevent cavities. They are usually done once the permanent molars erupt, around age 6 and 12. The sealants that we place on teeth are touched up for life as needed.
We utilize a digital x-ray machine that uses less radiation and can be seen by the patient on a monitor in real time for a better understanding of their overall oral health.
This is in addition to our standard visual oral cancer exam. A rinse flags cells that are abnormal when viewed under a special light. It is recommended for those at risk for oral cancer such as those with a history of cancer, a family history of oral cancer, those who smoke or drink heavily, and those with HPV.