Preventive Care & Dental Cleanings in Seattle, WA
At Evergreen Smile Studio, preventive dental care lays the groundwork for a healthy, beautiful smile. In combination with proper at-home hygiene practices, like twice-daily brushing and flossing at least once a day, attending regular cleanings and oral exams with Dr. Rebekah can help keep your teeth and gums healthy and free from decay and other dental health issues.
Routine checkups also allow our dental team to track your oral health and address any minor problems with your oral health before they become major ones. Just like with our restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dental services, our preventive care appointments are always delivered with your comfort in mind!
Advanced Technologies for Enhanced Care
At Evergreen Smile Studio, we invest in advanced technologies that help us keep you healthy between appointments. We use state-of-the-art tools such as 3D digital X-rays to detect potential issues as early as possible.
If you’re new to our Seattle dental office or haven’t had dental x-rays in a while, your dentist may recommend that you take some during your preventive care appointment. Dental x-rays let Dr. Rebekah see what’s going on beneath the surface of your smile, giving us the ability to find issues that may not be visible otherwise. With 3D digital x-rays, our team can make more accurate diagnoses and create more effective, efficient treatment plans.
Professional Teeth Cleanings
To start off your preventive care appointment, we’ll perform a gentle, thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums, using special tools to remove any plaque and tartar that may have built up along the gum line. Essential aspects of your cleaning will include thorough flossing between your teeth in all those hard-to-reach places, and scraping off plaque that has accumulated along the gum line. To complete the cleaning process, we’ll polish your teeth to leave you feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to smile.
Strengthening Mineral Treatment
Strengthening mineral treatments are simple, non-invasive, and excellent at keeping dental decay from occurring. After your preventive cleaning, our team will apply a varnish or gel that is rich in fluoride to your teeth, then rinse it away after a few minutes.
Fluoride strengthens your enamel by kickstarting a process called “remineralization,” which works by attracting minerals like calcium and phosphates to your teeth, helping to restore the hardness of your enamel and increase your smile’s resistance to acids.
Comprehensive Preventive Exams
Your dentist will review your x-rays and then take a thorough look at your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth. If we spot any issues, we’ll take the time to educate you on our findings, so you can keep your dental health on the right track. We make it our goal to keep you educated about your oral wellbeing, so you can make the right decisions for your smile.
Nightguards for TMJ Pain
Bruxism, or unconscious teeth grinding and clenching, is a common issue faced by many patients. If you suffer from teeth grinding (bruxism) while you sleep, it can lead to headaches, TMJ issues, and uneven tooth wear. Dr. Rebekah can provide custom-made nightguards to correct the problem and preserve healthy teeth. Night guards can be made from a variety of materials depending on the severity of your case, and work by creating a barrier between your teeth to protect them from damage caused by clenching and grinding.
If you need a night guard, your dentist will take impressions or digital scans of your teeth and gums to craft a custom mold that will then be sent to the lab, where your night guard will be made to your exact specifications and measurements. Night guards ease tension in your jaw in order to alleviate the painful headaches and other uncomfortable or damaging side effects of clenching and grinding, so you can get more restful sleep and maintain your healthy smile.
Mouthguards for Athletics
If you participate in sports, smile protection is crucial. Our custom-made athletic mouth guards provide superior teeth protection and further safeguard against concussions. Don't compromise your dental health while engaging in physical activities.
While dental sealants are often recommended for children, who are at a higher risk for tooth decay, they remain great option for patients of all ages who want to protect their teeth from cavities. At Evergreen Smile Studio, the application of dental sealants is a very straight-forward procedure, beginning with the application of a dental resin to the molars.
Located in the back of the mouth, molars are filled with grooves and uneven surfaces where plaque and bacteria can hide and flourish. The resin is then cured to help it harden, creating a powerful barrier between your teeth and the foods, drinks, acid, and bacteria that lead to decay. The best part? Dental sealants can last for years!
Desensitizing Treatments for Sensitive Teeth
If you have sensitive teeth and avoid certain foods or drinks, Dr. Rebekah can apply a special paste designed to relieve your symptoms. Based on the findings of your preventive exam, she can provide custom recommendations to prevent the sensitivity between regular appointments.
Your Custom Treatment Plan
Using the information we’ve gathered from your preventive exam and x-rays, we’ll work together with you to craft a dental treatment plan customized for your unique oral health needs, budget, and lifestyle. If everything looks good, we’ll simply schedule your next routine cleaning and checkup to maintain your healthy smile!
Schedule Your Preventive Care Appointment Today
Keeping up with preventive care can save you money, time, and future dental pain. No matter how long it's been since your last dental visit, our preventive care and dental cleanings are designed to keep your smile healthy for life. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and experience comprehensive preventive dentistry in Seattle!