Preventive Dentistry in Arkansas
Preventive dentistry is the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. Jacksonville, AR dentist Dr. Pinney can help you avoid expensive and complicated dental work by identifying and treating problems early. Dr. Pinney provides preventive services for the whole family: professional teeth cleaning, check-ups, exams, and cavity prevention with sealants and fluoride.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
Daily brushing and flossing is a great habit, but it is not enough to keep your mouth free of cavity-causing bacteria. You need regular, professional teeth cleaning to remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from hard to reach areas of your mouth. During your cleaning appointment, the hygienist will use special tools to remove bacteria and toxins from every tooth surface. After cleaning, your teeth will be polished to make it harder for bacteria to stick to the surface. Your dentist will take a final look and perform any difficult tartar removal.
Check-ups and Exams
During your visit, Dr. Pinney will check your mouth and gums for problems and take necessary X-rays. We use low-radiation digital X-rays for accurate evaluation. Early diagnosis is important because some dental problems do not show symptoms until the condition has progressed to an advanced stage. In general, you should visit the dentist twice a year for check-ups. The frequency may vary depending on your risk of developing cavities and gum disease.
Sealants and Fluoride Treatment
For cavity-prone teeth, Dr. Pinney recommends dental sealants and fluoride treatment as extra protection. Sealants seal off the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, while fluoride makes the enamel strong and rebuilds areas destroyed by plaque acids.
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