Preventive Care

smalltoothOur goal is to keep your teeth and smile as healthy as can be. This is achieved both with regular dental checkups and a good oral hygiene regimen at home.

Regular Dental Checkups

At Sluka Dental, our goal is to provide you with the highest quality and personal dental care, starting with your routine checkups. We suggest regular cleanings every 6 months, which follows the American Dental Association’s recommendation. We will clean and polish your teeth to remove any buildup of plaque and tartar. In addition, we will check for any signs of cavities, tooth decay, or gum disease.

Daily Hygiene

Your regular dental checkups are just one part of helping you maintain strong and healthy teeth. Good dental hygiene requires daily at home maintenance of both your teeth and gums. Regular brushing twice a day helps to remove any residue on your teeth left from food, and that could cause plaque build up. Flossing daily between your teeth will help to remove any food particles keeping the growth of bacteria to a minimum. Even mouthwash not only will make your breath fresh but also can help to kill any of the bacteria in your mouth. For advice on proper brushing, flossing or other oral hygiene, please do not hesitate to ask us.

Fluoride

A fluoride treatment is included as part of the regular dental checkup for children 6 – 16 years of age. This is the timeframe when the permanent teeth are developing and are the most vulnerable to tooth decay. Fluoride helps to fortify the teeth and make them more resistant to acid, which can wear away the enamel. We have several different ways to apply the fluoride, and we will discuss with you which is the best option for your child.

Oral Cancer Screening

At each dental visit, we will do an oral cancer screening. The earlier we can detect if there is a possible problem, the better chance we have at reversing it. We use a special ultraviolet light that allows us to see things that aren’t visible to the human eye. Certain activities like smoking, chewing tobacco and or heavy consumption of alcohol could lead to poor mouth health.

Periodontal Health

It is not uncommon for plaque and tartar to build up below the gum line, causing some form of gum disease or gingivitis. As part of your regular checkup, we will check to see if this is a concern. It is very important to address this problem as early as possible because left untreated, it could result in infection and even possible tooth loss. We have several treatments to help correct the problem, both non- surgical and surgical depending, as well as some at home remedies.

Root Planing

A common first step to address early stages of gum disease is Root Planing. This is a procedure where we can clean and remove the plaque and tartar from the gum line using precision instruments. To keep this clean afterwards and avoid possible periodontal surgery, good dental hygiene is a must.

Sensitive teeth

Many people have sensitive teeth and gums. Not only do we use instruments to minimize this sensitivity in our office, we can also use topical anesthetics to lessen the sensation during your visit. We can also recommend various options or treatments to help you decrease this sensitivity on a daily basis

TMD/TMJ

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD), also commonly referred to as TMJ, is a tightness in your jaw that may result in jaw pain, headaches, ear pain or even sinus pain. Although stress is usually the major cause of TMJ, it is not the only one. Sometimes it could be a result of your bite being misaligned, or an injury. If you notice any of these symptoms, please let us know and we will help determine the cause as well as treatment to alleviate your pain.