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The Sonicare Difference

Sonicare’s patented sonic technology creates dynamic cleaning action that drives fluid forces deep into interproximal spaces and along the gum line. This innovative sonic technology is proven to be powerfully effective, yet remarkably gentle, resulting in a superior clean that you can see and patients can feel. Ask your hygienist about getting your own Sonicare toothbrush at your next Dental cleaning!

Fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including oceans. Research shows that fluoride can prevent cavities in children and adults by making teeth more resistant to acid that attacks and causes cavities.

There are two ways teeth can be exposed to fluoride:

1) Systemic –swallowing fluoride, which is the most common source from drinking water

2) Topical Fluoride –directly applied to the teeth as toothpaste or rinses. Professional applications are available in gel or varnish forms from your dentist.

Prevention and Detection:

Oral Cancer signs and symptoms:

  • A sore, irritation, lump or thick patch in your mouth, lip or throat
  • A white or red patch in your mouth
  • A feeling that something is caught in your throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing or moving your jaw or tongue
  • Numbness in your tongue or other areas of your mouth
  • Swelling of your jaw that causes denture to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
  • Pain in one ear without hearing loss

An annual exam at your dental office can help with early detection of oral cancer. Call to set up your exam today!

Sealants

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Tooth decay often occurs on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. These surfaces have pits and grooves that trap plaque, bacteria and bits of food. These areas are hard to keep clean because bristles cannot reach them and starts decay forming a cavity.
Our hygienists are able to help prevent cavities with SEALANTS which are a plastic material that is applied to a chewing surface of the back tooth. The material flows into the pits and grooves acting as a barrier, “sealing out” the plaque, food and bacteria.