We recommend that you have a dental exam at least every six months. During these exams, Dr. Troutman inspects your teeth for signs of cavities and gum disease. A dental exam also is useful at detecting serious conditions such as oral cancer.
One of the most powerful diagnostic tools for a dentist is X-rays. These digital images enable Dr. Troutman to see signs of decay and disease that may not be visible to the naked eye.
We use digital as opposed to conventional X-rays because they quickly produce images that can be viewed by patients on a computer screen beside the dental chair. Digital X-rays also require less radiation and eliminate the the use of chemicals required to develop X-ray film, which makes them better for the environment.
Your dental health dictates the frequency of X-rays, and can range from every 12 months to every couple of years.
Having your teeth cleaned by a Registered Dental Hygienist is recommended at least twice a year, and could be recommended more often if you have gum disease or your teeth are prone to tartar or stain accumulation.
A cleaning involves the removal of plaque, stain and tartar from tooth surfaces and below the gum line. Teeth are then polished and flossed.
Dental Sealants for Children
We recommend dental sealants for children as a means of preventing cavities in the molars.
A sealant is a thin coating of plastic applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars to create a barrier that keeps food and germs out of the teeth’s grooves. Sealants can last about 10 years and are inspected at dental visits to make sure they remain intact.
They are replaced or removed as necessary.
Topical fluoride treatment for children, as well as for adults who are prone to tooth decay, helps strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. We also offer prescription strength fluoride toothpaste.
We recommend Sonicare toothbrushes, which are powerful tools in the battle against gum disease and tooth decay. These electric toothbrushes are helpful in removing plaque, whitening teeth and promoting healthy gums.
Electric toothbrushes are more consistent and help patients brush their teeth for the recommended two minutes per brushing.