Preventive Dentistry in Palm Coast, FL

If you’ve been looking for preventive dental care from a dentist near you, at Dentique Dental, when you choose us, you can look forward the best oral health and hygiene care.

We have a skilled team ready to provide dental care near you and ensure a happy and healthy smile.  Make an appointment to see your dentist in Palm Coast, today.

What is Preventative Dentistry?

In short, preventive dentistry is an important part of maintaining optimal oral health. While at-home care with daily brushing and flossing is necessary, it alone can’t prevent dental issues.

We use treatment options to ensure your teeth are healthy and strong and handle any issues that may arise before they cause further complications. 

Regular preventative dentistry benefits everyone through a regular dental checkup and exam. 
With preventive dentistry, we can prevent tooth damage and decay by filling cavities, applying dental sealants, and more. Our highly experienced and trained hygienists will custom design a dental regimen for you, to prevent gum disease and preserve a healthy smile for years to come, including through proactive treatment of gingivitis – which without preventative care, develops into periodontal disease and even tooth loss.
 

How Long Does Preventative Treatment Take?

A simple filling or sealant application can usually be performed in just one visit. If you have several cavities to be filled, we may need to see you for multiple appointments for the best treatment.

Contact us today so that we can start giving you the care you need for a healthier and happier smile! 

Dental Exams

The secret to a bright, healthy smile is not a secret at all: brush, floss, and get a professional dental exam at least once every six months. Professional dental exams are all about prevention – preventing existing problems from getting worse and preventing dental problems from developing in the future. Regular dental exams make it possible to identify and treat a problem in its earliest stage – which is not only good for your oral health but also good for your budget!

There’s nothing to fear with a dental exam at Dentique Dental of Palm Coast, FL. Your teeth will be visually examined for signs of plaque, tartar, and tooth decay. Your gums will also be examined for puffiness or discoloration, which are signs of gum disease. A full set of dental X-rays may also be taken, allowing your dentist to see below the surfaces of your teeth. Dental exams typically end with a dental cleaning to remove surface stains and buildup.

Teeth Cleanings

No matter how often you brush, and floss, plaque and tartar deposits can still build up on your teeth. A professional teeth cleaning is the single most effective way to remove these deposits and prevent them from causing more serious problems in the future. While a traditional teeth cleaning involves manually scraping away these deposits with special dental tools, advances in dental technologies now provide other options. 

Laser Teeth Cleaning

Also known as ultrasonic cleaning, it is a popular alternative to traditional teeth cleanings. 

  • Instead of a manual probe, an ultrasonic scaler removes deposits
  • The scaler also kills harmful microbes and eliminates bacteria around teeth and gums through high-frequency sound waves
  • More comfortable than traditional teeth cleanings
  • Quicker, quieter, pain-free cleaning

A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line. A deep cleaning helps prevent periodontal disease and restores gum tissues to a healthy state.

Deep cleanings are also known as scaling and root planning and involve a two-part process.

  • Stubborn deposits are removed
  • Root surfaces are smoothed

Dental X-Rays 

   
Today, dental X-rays are safer, faster, more comfortable, and more informative than the X-rays of the past. At Dentique Dental, we use Digital X-Rays and Intraoral Photography for our patients.

Digital X-rays

  • Produce high-quality images of your teeth 
  • Can be viewed instantly by you and your dentist on an LCD monitor
  • Reduce radiation by up to 90% 
  • Provide exceptional diagnostic information to catch problems at the earliest stages

Intraoral Photography

  • Reveals problems such as cavities, fractures, and discolorations in the teeth 
  • Clear, sharp photographic images taken with 35mm or digital camera

White Fillings

If silver fillings make you feel self-conscious when you smile, or it’s simply time to replace them, white fillings are durable, stain-resistant, and attractive. Made of composite resin, white fillings match the natural color of your teeth and are an excellent option for small to mid-sized cavities. They require less removal of your tooth structure than amalgam fillings.

Tooth-colored fillings are a popular choice for patients who need to get a filling because:

  • Tooth-colored fillings create no health risk or allergies, unlike metal
  • Tooth-colored fillings can match your teeth well
  • Tooth sensitivity may be less severe with tooth-colored fillings

Examination for Periodontal Gum Disease

Gum disease is one of the most common oral health issues, and at Dentique Dental of Palm Coast, FL, we’re passionate about preventing it before it even has a chance to start.  

Gum or periodontal disease occurs in a variety of stages. The earliest stage is gingivitis, which can be managed and treated with proper dental hygiene along with avoiding smoking cigarettes or consuming an excessive amount of sugary food.

If allowed to progress, however, gingivitis turns into periodontitis. Periodontitis occurs when plaque bacteria cause gums to recede, erodes the bones that support your teeth, and eventually causes tooth loss. Untreated periodontitis can also lead to diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.

Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy

At Dentique Dental, our team can provide a variety of options for treatment, including non-surgical services such as scaling and root planning. (Embed link to separate scaling and root planning page)

When you visit, we’ll carefully examine your gums for signs of inflammation or tenderness and check for any pockets near the gum line. Healthy gums have pockets of no more than 3 millimeters. We will discuss your medical history, including smoking, or any system diseases that can cause gum disease.

Without treatment, periodontal disease can cause bone loss and damage to the soft gum tissue. So, if you have noticed red, bleeding, or puffy gums, you need periodontal treatment and our dentists are ready to help.

Dentique Dental will customize your treatment for gum disease. The American Dental Association reports that up to 80% of American adults over the age of 35 have some form of chronic gum disease. Research has shown that people with periodontal disease are also at greater risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, respiratory diseases, as well as pre-term or low birth weight babies for pregnant women.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related death in Americans. At Dentique Dental, we conduct thorough visual extra-oral and intra-oral cancer exams, and we use the latest version of the first FDA-cleared VELscopeVx for oral cancer screening. Early detection of pre-cancerous tissues may minimize or eliminate the potentially disfiguring effects of oral cancer and possibly even save your life! 

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