Preventive Care

When was the last time you were seen for a dental examination and professional cleaning? If it was in the last six months, congratulations! If it was longer than that, it’s time to schedule a preventive care appointment with Dr. Brian Hivick at Chagrin Family Dental.

Preventive care is the basis of our practice. While we offer a wide range of services and treatments, we’d prefer to stop dental problems from happening in the first place, and regular appointments and cleanings are the best way to do that. We also offer preventive treatments like sealants to protect teeth that may be prone to cavities.

Routine Examinations

One of the most important things a patient can do to improve their oral health and avoid painful and costly dental problems is to come in every six months for a routine cleaning and examination.

During your examination, Dr. Hivick will not only check your teeth for any signs of cavities or decay, but will also perform a thorough review of all the hard and soft tissues in your mouth, including examining your soft tissues for any signs of oral cancer.

This examination also gives us the chance to look for the signs of periodontal disease. Although most people consider periodontal disease to be a condition affecting the gums, the truth is that periodontal disease also affects the supporting bone around the teeth, causing it to deteriorate and eventually leading to loose and even lost teeth.

The majority of the adult population suffers from some level of periodontal disease, which can range from mild gingivitis to severe periodontitis. Early detection and intervention can help patients keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.

Making regular six-month check-ups a priority allows us the opportunity to catch any potential issues when they are small so that they can be resolved before they escalate into larger, more costly issues.

Professional Cleanings

Brushing your teeth twice daily will help remove plaque and keep your breath fresh. But even the most dedicated brusher still needs to have regular professional cleanings.

This is because your teeth are naturally full of nooks and crannies where plaque can hide. If this plaque is continuously missed – which is easy to do – it will eventually harden into tartar, which can only be removed with professional tools. Once you begin developing tartar buildup on your teeth, cavities are right around the corner.

At our Chagrin Falls dental office, we have assembled a team full of skilled and talented dental professionals – including our gentle and precise dental hygienist. Our hygienist will carefully examine your teeth and thoroughly clear away any traces of plaque and tartar to give you a fresh start and help prevent cavities and periodontal disease.

Sealants

Sealants are a cost-effective way to prevent dental decay. Many people have deep grooves in their teeth that never fully closed. These grooves allow bacteria to seep in and cause cavities in even the most diligent brushers.

Sealants cover these deep grooves and prevent cavities from forming on the chewing surface of your teeth. Sealants are non-invasive and easy to apply – no anesthesia necessary!

Is it time for your next check-up and cleaning? Call Chagrin Family Dental today!