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Preventive Dentistry

Keep Your Smile Problem-Free

Our practice is primarily focused on prevention. Why? Because it’s much easier to help you avoid dental problems rather than simply fix them as they pop up. With this approach, you’ll not only save a lot of unneeded time and discomfort in the dental chair, but you’ll save financially as well, as prevention is much less expensive that repair. Using the services listed below, we can keep you and your family’s smiles healthy and problem-free for many years to come! To learn more about them or schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

Checkups & Cleanings

Closeup of patient during dental examIn dentistry, everything starts with a routine checkup and cleaning. With just two of these preventive appointments each year, we can protect your oral health and give you a confident smile at the same time! With a dental cleaning, one of our skilled hygienists will use sophisticated tools to break up plaque and tartar deposits located around your teeth and gums, making sure to target those areas your brush and floss can’t reach.

After this, your dentist will perform a “checkup” where they’ll look at your mouth and search for the signs of potential dental problems such as tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and more. By coming in for these appointments regularly, you’ll give your dentist the opportunity to catch any issues you might have early so they can be treated quickly. These appointments take less than an hour and do a tremendous amount of good for your oral health, so be sure to schedule your next one today!

Dental Sealants

Closeup of healthy smileThe rough chewing surfaces on the back teeth are one of the most common places for cavities to develop, especially for small children. To combat this, we can apply a thin, clear layer of a (BPA-free) plastic-based substance called a dental sealant. It will create an invisible barrier on the teeth and prevent food particles and plaque from accumulating on them, effectively protecting them from both tooth decay and cavities.

Mouthguards/Sportsguards

Boy placing sports mouthguardDid you know that 40% of all sports injuries are actually dental injuries? That percentage is even higher for children! If you or your child regularly participate in sports (contact or otherwise), it’s absolutely essential that you make sure the teeth are protected before anyone hits the field, mat, or court.

Rather than trusting your smile to a generic, store-bought mouthguard that’s designed to fit a wide range of people, we can create your own customized one right here in our office. Mouthguards created by us do a significantly better job of protecting your smile as they tend to be 2-3 times thicker than the average store-bought mouthguard. Our mouthguards are also more comfortable because they’re specially designed to fit each and every individual’s smile.

They only take one appointment to create, and trust us, they are much cheaper than the cost of fixing a few teeth!

Oral Cancer Screenings

Closeup of smile during dental examOral cancer rates are currently on the rise here in the U.S., especially among healthy individuals who do not engage in traditionally risky behaviors, such as tobacco or excessive alcohol use. This is why the American Cancer Society recommends that everyone should have at least one oral cancer screening every year. Your dentist can actually perform one as part of your regular checkup, and they can advise you on what to do next if they find anything that causes concern.

Fluoride Treatments

Child receiving fluoride treatmentFluoride is a natural mineral that has been shown to increase the teeth’s resistance to developing tooth decay and cavities. Typically, people get enough of it in their diet, but for those whose smile needs a little bit of an extra boost, we can perform a fluoride treatment as part of your regular checkup. You’ll simply wear a set of mouth trays filled with a highly-concentrated fluoride gel for a few minutes, and that’s it! It’s one of the simplest and most effective ways we can keep your teeth healthy between appointments.

Periodontal (Gum Disease) Treatment

Closeup of healthy teeth and gumsPeriodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is actually the most common dental problem in the entire world. It is an infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth, and it usually occurs as the result of a lack of oral hygiene. Early symptoms include red, swollen, or tender gums that tend to bleed often, and left untreated, it can frequently lead to tooth loss.

 At Universal Dental, we take the health of our patients’ gums very seriously, which is why we screen them at every single appointment. Should you show any signs of this disease, we can quickly treat it using something known as a “deep cleaning,” which consists of two procedures called scaling and root planing.

Scaling will be used to break up and clear away any plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) located near and underneath your gum line, and root planing will be used to smooth out the rough surfaces of your teeth’s roots. This will make it much harder for plaque to gather on them in the future, effectively protecting you from redeveloping gum disease.

Emergency Dentistry

Patient holding jaw in painA dental emergency is any situation where the teeth have suddenly become damaged due to trauma and/or a person is experiencing severe dental pain. In these tense situations, Universal Dental is happy to provide immediate urgent care if necessary. Whether you’ve suffered a knocked out tooth or damaged your dental work, you can always rely on us for care right when you need it the most. Be sure to give us a call if you ever experience a dental emergency.

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Children’s Dentistry

Little boy receiving dental examBringing your child to the dentist at an early age is not only the best way to ensure their dental health, but their confidence as well. Thanks to our on-staff pediatric dentist, Dr. Anya Preece, you can trust that we’ll have the perfect blend of treatments, patience, and a gentle touch to ensure that your child’s smile always has exactly what it needs.

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