Preventive Dentistry – St Johns, FL
Helping Your Smile Stand the Test of Time
You don’t have to lose your teeth as you get older. With proper oral hygiene and regular preventive care, you can make your natural smile last an entire lifetime. Dr. Cohen will work alongside a talented dental hygienist to keep your smile free of plaque and tartar; he can also check for warning signs of tooth decay and gum disease that you might not notice on your own. Call us today for preventive dentistry in St. Johns, FL if you haven’t seen a dentist for over six months.
Why Choose Julington Creek Family Dentistry for Preventive Dentistry?
A Dentist Who
Takes His Time
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
Regularly scheduled cleanings are an important part of your dental health routine. At the time of your appointment, the dental hygienists will scale and polish your teeth. This is done to remove any plaque or tartar buildup you may have that cannot be removed by regular brushing and flossing. Periodically, you will also have digital dental x-rays taken to check for decay. Digital x-rays allow us to get more information from each film than traditional x-rays because computers allow us to magnify and contrast the images in order to reveal anything that may be suspicious. Routine exams are an essential part of your overall health care because detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Nightguards for Bruxism
You can naturally expect your teeth to wear down somewhat over the years, but during your checkup, we might find that the wear and tear is far more advanced than it should be. This could be a sign that you’re grinding your teeth at night. In order to keep your smile safe at night, you can wear a nightguard that keeps the upper and lower arches of teeth separated. A nightguard designed by a dentist will be made to comfortably fit you and you alone.
After your teeth have been examined and cleaned, we can apply a highly concentrated fluoride gel or varnish to the enamel. Fluoride provides extra protection against cavities and actively fights against the harmful bacteria that causes decay. By applying fluoride directly to your tooth, we can give you a little extra protection between now and your next six-month appointment. It only takes a few minutes to complete the treatment, but you’ll need to avoid eating or drinking for at least half an hour so that your teeth have a chance to absorb the fluoride.
Oral Cancer Screenings
When Dr. Cohen is looking at your smile from various angles and feeling around the teeth and gums for problems, he’s not just checking for cavities and gum disease. Oral cancer screenings are part of every comprehensive and periodic examination, and they could end up increasing your odds for survival over the next five years by allowing us to find the warning signs of cancer early so that you can have it diagnosed and treated before it grows worse.