Preventive Dentistry Provides Cost-Effective Care
Regular medical check-ups are an important part of your family’s well-being, and so are preventive dentistry appointments. Dr. Art Carpenter in Kenilworth, IL, provides full-service general dental care to keep the whole family smiling. Our thorough check-ups and treatments help children and adults maintain optimal oral health to prevent costly future problems.
Over 42 percent of U.S. kids will have cavities, but preventative techniques can keep your child's smile free from decay.
What is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry allows you to catch oral health problems in the earliest stages, before they can cause a more serious condition and require extensive restorative procedures. Patients who avoid dental check-ups and cleanings may eventually require intensive dental work - but you can easily prevent this circumstance.
For children, preventive dentistry helps keep tooth decay in check to preserve the healthy structure of baby teeth and emerging permanent teeth. Over 42 percent of U.S. kids will have cavities, but preventative techniques can keep your child's smile free from decay.
Preventive dentistry for children includes:
- Fluoride Treatments - Professional fluoride treatments provide a level of cavity protection that cannot be obtained with toothpaste and rinses, and help developing teeth to grow stronger.
- Sealants – Sealants are applied to permanent teeth to protect them from exposure to cavity-causing acids. Sealants are usually applied to back teeth, providing a protective shield where cavities commonly arise.
- Hygienic Habits – Our dentists and hygienists help kids learn the proper brushing and flossing techniques for keeping their teeth clean and cavity free, and also provide incentives for a great check-up!
For children and adults alike, preventive dental care includes twice-a-year check-ups and cleanings. If a cavity is discovered, a dental filling will be necessary. Letting decay go untreated can result in many potential problems, including infection and tooth loss. Our dentists are gentle and caring, and offer sedation options for all dental procedures.
Comprehensive Care for Adults
Adult general treatment and check-ups at our practice always include a thorough oral cancer screening and evaluation of periodontal disease. Both these conditions are highly treatable if detected in the early stages.
Our oral cancer screenings are comprehensive, yet quick and painless. The screening includes a visual and manual exam of the mouth, head and neck, and an assessment using our advanced VELscope® system. With the handheld VELscope®, our doctors can detect abnormalities that may not be visible to the naked eye.
Gingivitis and periodontitis are common forms of periodontal disease that should be treated early to prevent bad breath and more serious issues such as gum recession and tooth loss. Controlling gum disease is beneficial to long-term cardiac and general health. Our routine dental exams include measurement of periodontal pockets, which can be indicators of active gum infection. If needed, we also offer deep cleaning and new advanced treatment options with Perio Protect® and ARESTIN®.
Looking for a Dental Home?
We are a small practice that is dedicated to providing personalized patient care in a pristine, comfortable environment. Our office is equipped with the latest technologies and enhanced with friendly staff. We pride ourselves on offering convenient appointment times and prompt attention. We offer cosmetic dentistry and restorative dental care in addition to preventive and general dentistry for the whole family. Please contact us today to schedule an office appointment.