Cleanings & Prevention

Cleanings & Prevention

Teeth Cleaning

Preventive Dental Services 

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When you enlist our help for a preventive (recare) dental program, you will work together with our skilled team to preserve your natural gums, teeth, and oral bones through the use of good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. With these tools, we will effectively be able to prevent the onset, progress, or recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. Choose Dr. Wendy Marshall for all of your oral health and cleaning prevention needs. 

By scheduling bi-annual dental exams, cleanings, and X-rays; getting treatments such as sealants and fluoride; and using proper brushing and flossing techniques, you will be on the path to a healthier, more confident smile. 

For tips on  How to Brush and How to Floss, visit these pages. .
Fluoride Information

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Dental decay is a common condition all over the world. One way to help prevent cavities from occurring is through the use of fluoride. Fluoride helps harden the tooth enamel and make it more resistant to tooth decay. A small cavity can be stopped and even reversed by the remineralization process enhanced by fluoride. Fluoride can be delivered to the teeth in 2 ways: topically (direct contact on the teeth) and systemically (enters the blood stream).
Systemic Fluoride
Systemic fluoride is delivered to the tooth surface via the bloodstream. Systemic fluoride can be derived from a food source, water source, or dietary supplements (pill, tablet, lozenge, drop). Fluoridated water is an effective way to reduce the problem of dental decay. It has been shown that fluoridated water and dietary supplements can reduce up to 60% of tooth decay. Some water supplies naturally contain fluoride, but for others fluoride is added to the water supply. If you would like to know if your community's water supply contains fluoride, call your local water or health department. Children from birth to 16 years of age will benefit the most from systemic fluoride. Sixteen is currently the age at which the American Dental Association recommends children can discontinue fluoride vitamin supplements. This is because when fluoride is ingested, it circulates through the bloodstream and into developing teeth. The fluoride is then built into the enamel structure of the developing tooth, making the tooth more resistant to acids.

Topical Fluoride
Even though the benefits of fluoride are maximized before the teeth erupt (come in), fluoride is still very beneficial for children and adults after the teeth are fully erupted. Topical fluorides are applied directly to the tooth structure to delay or slow down the tooth decay process.

Topical forms of fluoride include:
  • Toothpaste - used daily, must have an ADA or CDA Seal of Acceptance on the label
  • Professional fluoride application - this is a gel that is applied for 1 to 4 minutes, usually in a tray at the end of a dental appointment. Not everyone is given a professional fluoride application; it depends on your oral health needs.
  • Fluoridated home mouth rinses - can be purchased over-the-counter and used for children over 6 years of age and adults who are susceptible to cavities.
  • Home care fluoride gels - applied by trays or by brush, these gels are for those who are highly susceptible to cavities. These people would include:
    • Adults with a high incidence of root cavities.
    • Those who experience an extremely dry mouth.
    • People who wear braces or orthodontic appliances.
    • Those who have rampant or excessive cavities.
Even though the benefits of fluoride are maximized before the teeth erupt, fluoride is still very beneficial as a daily defense against decay. Fluoride gels can be purchased over-the-counter or by prescription. Ask us for a daily home fluoride program that is individualized for your needs.

Fluoride Safety
  • Fluoride is very effective in controlling dental decay when used properly. If not used in the proper doses, fluoride toxicity and dental fluorosis can occur.
  • Fluoride toxicity occurs when large amounts of fluoride are ingested over a short period of time. This can be dangerous to your health.
  • Symptoms of fluoride toxicity may include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, increased salivation or increased thirst.
  • These symptoms generally begin 30 minutes after ingestion and can last up to 24 hours.
  • Depending on the amount of the toxic overdose of fluoride, certain emergency procedures should be implemented. If you feel nausea, drink milk or try to induce vomiting and call us or physician. If these symptoms do not subside, or the conditions worsen (difficulty breathing), call an emergency service to transport you to the hospital.
  • Dental fluorosis is an excess of fluoride intake during the stages of tooth development. Dental fluorosis ranges from mild (white specks on teeth) to severe (brown staining and pitting of enamel). 
To ensure your child does not experience any adverse effects from fluoride, follow these basic rules:
  • Fluoridated products should not be swallowed.
  • Only a small amount of toothpaste, the size of a small pea, is needed for a child.
  • Fluoridated products, especially mouth rinses should not be given to a child under 6 years of age, or to anyone who cannot rinse and spit (those you suspect are swallowing some of the product).
  • Keep fluoridated products out of reach of children.
  • Parental supervision is needed for children when brushing or using any fluoridated substances.
Bruxism – Teeth Grinding

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If you suffer from the habitual grinding of teeth, or bruxism, you are not alone. Today, 50 to 96% of adults experience bruxism, as well as 15% of children. Most people don’t even realize they do it until a loved one points it out, as it can occur during the daytime or nighttime.
    The Causes of Bruxism

    Although there are no specified causes, professionals believe that individuals who experience the following are more at-risk.
    • High levels of stress, anxiety, and aggression
    • Children with parents who brux are also more likely to develop this habit
    Signs You May Be Experiencing Bruxism:
    • Wearing of the teeth
    • Teeth and filling fractures
    • Grinding noises while you sleep (noticed by a partner)
    • Facial muscle pain and fatigue 
    • Clicking, locking, and cracking jaws
    • Headaches
    • Tooth mobility
    • Teeth sensitivity
    Bruxism Treatment Options:
    • We can make you aware of the habit and suggest behavioral therapies to stop the bruxism. Stress reduction and coping techniques can be initiated to reduce the emotional stress you may be experiencing.
    • A removable intra-oral appliance can be made for you called a nightguard or bruxism splint. The mouthguard protects the teeth from the forces of clenching and grinding the teeth together. A mouthguard or nightguard is more practical for treating the night bruxer than for those who have daytime clenching and grinding habits. 
    Sealant Information

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    • Sealants are thin plastic coatings applied in the dental office on the chewing surfaces of back teeth, which are prime spots for cavities. Sealants act as a barrier to prevent bacteria and food from collecting and sitting on the grooves and pits of teeth.
    • Sealants are best suited for permanent first molars which erupt around the age of 6 and second molars that erupt around the age of 12. It is important to have the sealant applied as soon as the tooth has fully come in. They are also indicated on the pre-molars if there are deep pits and fissures present.
    • Before the sealant material is applied, the tooth surface is prepared by cleaning with a dental solution that helps the sealant stick to the tooth by penetrating the enamel.
    • Sealants may last for several years once applied, but should always be examined at the child's regular checkup. Even if the sealant becomes lost, the material that has penetrated the enamel will still provide protection. Sealants are easily replaced if lost.
    • Sealants are nearly 100% effective in preventing decay in the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Fluoride helps fight decay on the smooth surfaces of the teeth.

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