Healthy teeth begin with preventive care at home and routine visits to our office that specializes in cosmetic and family dentistry in Smithfield, NC. During your first visit with us, Dr. Oldham will walk you through a thorough examination to determine what treatment, if any, is necessary to rejuvenate your mouth to full and optimal oral health.
Professional cleanings by our board-certified dental hygienists supplement your good oral hygiene habits at home by removing plaque- the sticky bacteria-filled film that accumulates along the gum line and other areas of the mouth.
X-rays reveal much more than cavities. They are vital for assessing erupting teeth, diagnosing disease that impacts the bone, evaluating injuries and preparing a dental treatment plan. We use digital X-ray technology, which exposes patients to minimal amounts of radiation, provides instant results that can be viewed via television screens in the exam rooms, and eliminates the use of environmentally-damaging development chemicals.
Sealants often are recommended, particularly for children. Sealants are designed to shield a portion of the tooth from food and plaque buildup to reduce the risk of tooth decay. Made out of clear or shaded plastic, sealants can protect the grooves or pits of any tooth, but are generally put on young molars and even permanent or primary molars.
Fluoride may also be recommended during your visit. Proven to be one of the safest and most effective ways to prevent tooth decay, fluoride kills disease-causing bacteria, guards against tooth sensitivity and permeates into hard-to-reach areas where decay is more common.
Preventive care is the key to having a healthy, confident and beautiful smile. Maintaining a good preventive care regimen now can go a long way toward avoiding more expensive dental procedures in the future.