Preventive Care in Fort Collins, CO
Preventive care is fundamental to our practice.
At our Fort Collins dental office, we provide comprehensive dental exams and thorough cleanings. When we identify problems early, they are almost always easier and less expensive to treat.
Preventive Dental Care
Proper dental hygiene at home can mean less time spent in our office. In order to maintain healthy teeth and gums, it is important that you brush and floss regularly. We recommend that you brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste to remove trapped food and plaque. Flossing daily helps remove any particles caught between your teeth or beneath the gumline.
In most cases, we recommend that you come in for a regular cleaning twice per year. There are some situations where we would recommend that you be seen more frequently, and Dr. Gray will let you know if this applies to you. These cleanings allow us to remove plaque and tartar from areas that you cannot reach with a toothbrush and floss. This professional cleaning prevents conditions such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Your cleaning also gives Dr. Gray the opportunity to check for cavities in progress, screen for oral cancer and periodontal disease, and check your jaw joint and bite alignment.
While brushing and flossing do a great job of reducing the number of dental issues you are likely to have, science hasn’t yet shown us a way to prevent problems entirely. Seeing you on a regular basis gives us the chance to catch any developing problems in their earliest stages when they are easiest to treat. Waiting to see the dentist until you feel pain will usually result in a much bigger problem requiring more complex treatment.
More Than Just Cleanings!
Prevention can mean more than just regular check-ups. Whether you grind your teeth at night or want to safely enjoy mountain biking, snowboarding, or other sports, we can recommend the right mouth guard for you. Night guards and athletic guards can make the difference between visiting our office for your regular check-up and needing emergency care. They can also maintain your teeth and facial profile by preventing severe wear and changes in your bite caused by grinding. Dr. Gray and our staff work with you to help you find the best guard for your needs to help reduce the chance of trauma occurring to your mouth.
We also often recommend sealants for our younger patients. Sealants are a thin resin coating that is applied to the surfaces of the permanent molars to seal off the deep grooves. These grooves are difficult to clean, which makes them the most likely place for cavities to form. Using sealants helps significantly lower your child's risk of tooth decay. Dr. Gray will discuss with you whether your child would benefit from sealants.
Call Today to Schedule
Preventive care is crucial for good oral health. Are you ready to get started? Please give our office a call today! Jennifer will be happy to find an appointment time that fits with your schedule.