Preventive dentistry in Roanoke

Preventive Dentistry In Roanoke

Cavities are the single most common preventable childhood disease in America. If you want to keep your family’s mouth healthy, preventive dentistry is absolutely essential. Along with good at-home oral hygiene, regular six-month visits with Dr. Benjamin Burkitt at We Care Dental Care will help your family’s teeth stay healthy and strong as they grow. Contact us now to schedule your next preventive appointment.

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What Is Preventive Dentistry?

As the name suggests, preventive dentistry is focused on preventing dental problems before they happen. That’s one of Dr. Burkitt’s specialties at We Care Dental Care. With routine six-month cleanings and exams at our office, you can make sure your family’s mouth is healthy.

Preventive dentistry includes more than just in-office dental care, though. It’s also the responsibility of parents and kids to maintain good oral hygiene and make healthy lifestyle choices. Make sure you brush and floss properly and regularly, and eat a healthy diet low in sugar to prevent cavities.
 
If you take all of these steps, you can virtually eliminate the risk of common oral health issues like cavities. Preventive dentistry saves you time and money, keeps your family’s teeth healthy, and helps them build great oral habits that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Teeth Cleanings

Teeth cleanings do more than just make your teeth look bright and shiny. They’re an essential part of keeping your mouth healthy. To begin the teeth cleaning process, your hygienist will gently scrape away bacteria-filled plaque and tartar buildup from their teeth. This helps reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease.

After this, they will buff your teeth with a special toothbrush and floss them to remove any remaining debris, leaving them with a beautiful, clean-feeling smile. 

That’s not all, though. During your initial cleaning, their hygienist at We Care Dental Care can look for signs of cavities and other areas of concern, which they will bring up with Dr. Burkitt during your oral exam.

Oral Exams

As an experienced dentist for the whole family, Dr. Benjamin Burkitt makes oral exams fun, and can explain complex dental concepts in kid-friendly ways, which helps your family learn more about dentistry and the importance of good dental care.

During your oral exam, Dr. Burkitt will examine your teeth and gums closely to look for signs of tooth decay, gingivitis, and any other oral health issues that may be affecting you.

Before your oral exam, X-rays may be recommended, if they are determined to be necessary. X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool and are safe to use. They allow Dr. Burkitt to look below the surface of the teeth and gums, and identify potential oral health and development issues.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments can be done as part of your six-month visit to We Care Dental Care, if recommended by Dr. Burkitt. This simply involves painting a special fluoride-rich solution onto your teeth.

The fluoride in this solution attracts minerals to your teeth, strengthening them and reducing the risk of tooth decay. Fluoride treatments are very affordable, and pediatric fluoride treatments are typically covered by most dental insurance plans.

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