Preventative Dentistry

Fluoride

 

Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance that helps prevent tooth decay by restoring the minerals they need to stay strong and healthy.

 

Fluoride can be used in both children and adults and is easy to apply in the comfort of our dental office. You’ll simply swish a fluoride solution in your mouth for a few minutes, and that’s it! It’s a quick, easy, and effective way to make your teeth more resistant to acid attacks caused by bacteria, plaque and sugars in the mouth.

 

To learn more about Fluoride Treatment, please contact our office at (205)221-9190 to schedule an appointment.

Routine Cleanings

 

 

Great dental health starts with routine cleanings, x-rays and exams. Routine cleanings are the best way to help prevent avoidable dental problems, such as cavities, gum disease or gingivitis. We recommend that you schedule your routine dental cleaning with one of our experienced dental hygienists every six months to maintain optimal oral health.

 

During your routine cleanings, you can expect:

  • Removal of plaque or tartar from all tooth surfaces that you may not be able to reach with routine brushing and flossing
  • Polishing to help prevent future accumulations of plaque and tartar
  • Dental X-rays, if needed
  • Evaluation by your dental hygienist and Dr. Cummins or Dr. Eggers

 

To learn to more about Routine Dental Cleanings and Preventative Health, please contact our office at (205) 221 – 9190 to schedule an appointment.

Sealants

 

 

Dental sealants are a highly effective preventive measure that can be used to protect the teeth in the back of the mouth from tooth decay or dental cavities. The process involves applying a clear, thin layer of a composite resin to the teeth in order to protect them from bacteria and plaque. Sealants bond into the grooves and depressions of the teeth and are typically only applied to the back teeth. This treatment is perfect for children who are still learning to take care of their teeth as well as teenagers and adults who are prone to developing tooth decay and cavities.

 

 

To learn more about Dental Sealants, please contact our office at (205) 221 – 9190 to schedule an appointment.

  • Night Guards

 

 

Do you wake up with a sore jaw each morning? Do your teeth look worn down? If so, you might be suffering from bruxism, a condition where a person unconsciously clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth while sleeping. Although clenching and grinding can cause damage to your teeth and jaw, we can help prevent this by using a night guard. A night guard is a small, custom-made mouthpiece that you will wear to bed each night that provides a protective barrier between your teeth to prevent them from grinding together. To make a night guard, we first make impressions of your upper and lower teeth. Then, during a subsequent visit, we will try the nightguard in and make any necessary adjustments.

 

 

To learn more about night guards, please contact our office at (205) 221 – 9190 to schedule an appointment.