Preventive Dentistry

At Parks Family Dental, we believe prevention is key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy and functional for life. Our team promotes prevention and patient education so you and your loved ones know how to properly care for your smiles and decrease your risk of developing cavities, gum disease, and other conditions. 

Preventive dentistry can change a person's life and preserve their smile's function, beauty, and vitality. We perform full-mouth examinations and recommend a home care regimen based on your specific needs and smile goals. 

At our Mauldin dental office, our hygienists and dentists provide the following preventive dental care:

  • Regular oral exams, typically every six months
  • Teeth cleanings
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Routine dental x-rays 
  • Periodontal (gum) treatment

Dental Cleanings and Exams

As family dentists, we consider dental cleanings and exams our bread and butter. Our experienced and compassionate hygienists are here to help your smile sparkle and your gums remain healthy and strong. In addition to providing exceptional care, our team takes the time to get to know you personally, and we value the relationships we develop with our patients. 

Many members of our team have been with us for years, so our patients have the opportunity to look forward to catching up with us whenever they come in for a dental checkup. We usually recommend oral exams and teeth cleanings every six months, but some patients may benefit from more frequent visits.

For example, if you have gingivitis or periodontal disease, they may schedule more frequent visits for deep cleanings, perhaps every three months. 

The frequency of exams and cleanings a patient needs depends on their medical history, and the condition of their teeth and gums, and more. Our dentists have decades of combined experience and knowledge, and you can trust we will always respectfully and truthfully advise you on what's best for you. 

Sealants, Fluoride, and Fillings 

Sealants and Fluoride

We use sealants and fluoride treatments as preventive barriers for our younger patients to shield their teeth from overaccumulation of food particles and plaque. Some of the natural grooves in our teeth are difficult to reach with brushing and flossing, which is why we recommend regular cleanings, sealants, and fluoride if needed. 

Sealants and fluoride decrease the likelihood of cavity development in vulnerable teeth susceptible to decay. We recommend sealants or fluoride for children whose adult teeth just came in, but some adults may find sealants helpful too. 

Tooth-Colored Fillings 

We fill cavity-stricken teeth with tooth-colored fillings to protect them from further decay or damage. Tooth-colored fillings are a composite resin material that matches the shade of your tooth, so the filling looks and feels completely natural. Fillings allow you to chew, speak, and smile without discomfort or pain. 

Oral Hygiene at Home

To maintain healthy teeth and prevent plaque buildup, you should brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss once. We also recommend avoiding foods and drinks high in sugar and starch and drinking fluoridated water to protect your teeth from cavities and bacteria.

Finally, it would be best to have professional teeth cleanings with a dental hygienist, who can also give you expert tips on at-home dental hygiene.

Preventive Dental Care in Mauldin, SC

Everyone deserves to have a healthy and attractive smile they're proud to share. At Parks Family Dental, our gentle dentists and hygienists are welcoming and nonjudgmental so you can feel comfortable and safe in our care. 

Even if it's been a while since you've seen the dentist, we encourage you to contact us so we can help you get your oral health on track. You can contact our Mauldin dental office today to schedule a convenient appointment that fits your schedule.