We offer several preventative services to help you achieve optimum oral health:
Regular cleanings are your number one defence against dental problems. Cleanings not only prevent gum disease, but are also an opportunity to detect any other decay or cracks early, so they may be treated before pain results. If you appear at risk for decay or sensitivity, your hygienist may also apply fluoride to strengthen your enamel for further protection.
Regular x-rays are also an important aspect of prevention. X-rays not only alert us of decay, but also can detect bone loss from gum disease, infections, or cancers of the bone. At Creekside, we use digital radiography, which require a much lower dose of radiation as compared to conventional x-rays. We recommend that standard x-rays to check between the teeth are taken every 2 years, and a panoramic x-ray is taken every 5 years to take a broader look at your bone, joints and sinuses. This is a part of our oral cancer screening protocol for your protection!
Sealants are a thin resin cover painted on the grooves of adult molars, where sticky substances tend to collect and cause decay. Sealants are effective in preventing cavities in these areas.
Two types of mouthguards are also offered at Creekside. Athletic mouthguards are advised for those active in contact sports to protect those pearly whites! Nightguards will be recommended if we see evidence of grinding or clenching during your dental exam.