Proactive treatments for a lifetime of healthy teeth

Taking a proactive approach is important for a lifetime of healthy teeth. Proper dental care begins in infancy, and every year there are different risk factors and care options to consider. Your personal dentistry path at Orchard Dental Group begins with an initial assessment of your current and developing needs. Maybe you’ve let things slide a bit? We get it, and there’s no judgement here. We’ll gently guide you back on track.

Recommended dental care for all ages

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Dental Care for Infants

Starting Early

  • Counsel parents on the “how to” of early oral hygiene
  • Evaluate fluoride intake to make sure the infant is getting the benefits without harm
  • Observe the sequence as new teeth appear

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Building Good Habits

  • Develop a love for the dentist by providing positive experiences
  • Teach children the proper way to care for their teeth at home
  • Identify and note any plaque and decay trends
  • Evaluate tooth position and jaw growth to optimize the timing of potential orthodontic care
  • Apply sealants as appropriate to help prevent decay
  • Apply in-office fluoride treatments with maximized cavity-fighting benefits
  • Recommend at-home fluoride products to help strengthen teeth and prevent decay

Dental Care for Adolescents

Staying on Track

  • Reinforce the importance of good, lifelong oral health habits
  • Review patient’s diet, discuss the risks of excessive soda consumption
  • Apply targeted fluoride therapy where enamel is most cavity prone
  • Stress the importance of regular check-ups, especially during orthodontic care

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Continuing Oral Wellness

  • Discuss aesthetic concerns and potential solutions
  • Monitor overall oral health to head off preventable problems
  • Assess tooth wear
  • Evaluate the condition of previous dental work
  • Evaluate periodic tooth sensitivity and look for underlying causes

Dental Care for High-risk Adults

Addressing Problems Early

  • Look for gum disease and assess its severity
  • Apply necessary treatments to help slow the progression of gum disease
  • Determine how the patient’s overall health is affecting their dental health (and vice-versa)
  • Prescribe tooth or site-specific therapy
  • Reinforce weak teeth before they become painful or break

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Dental Care for Seniors

Protecting Health and Looking Good

  • Maintain tooth health to help protect overall health
  • Assess the effects of tooth wear, tooth loss, and medications
  • Restore natural chewing capabilities
  • Enhance aesthetics to keep the patient’s smile looking good!

 

At Orchard Dental, we are dedicated to providing better care through industry-leading technologies.

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Typical dental assessments and treatments used at orchard dental group

Reducing Cavities through Dental Sealants and Fluoride Treatments

Sealants keep bacteria out of the grooves of teeth, where cavities often start. Sealants do not require anesthetic. They are simply “painted on” during the patient’s regular check-up. In-office fluoride foam or gel also lower the risks of cavities for most children and adults. Fluoride varnish, anti-bacterial rinses and prescription strength fluoride home gels may be added to the treatment plan for children and adults who are more prone to cavities.

Analyzing Risks that may Lead to Tooth Wear and Fractures

Orchard dentists use a unique tooth wear and fracture analysis system that helps to identify, at the earliest possible stages, when a patient may be at risk for a potentially serious (and costly) dental breakdown.

Common causes of excessive tooth wear include:

  • Habitual tooth clenching and grinding during the day or night
  • Excessive consumption of acidic foods and/or beverages, including soda, juice, citrus fruit and wine
  • An unstable bite pattern
  • Environmental or occupational exposure to dust or grit

Some of the most common causes of tooth fractures include…

  • Clenching and grinding teeth during the day or night
  • Accidental trauma
  • Chewing ice or hard foods excessively
  • Large, older fillings that have weakened teeth

Assessing for Gum Disease

A thorough gum disease assessment, performed at each preventative visit, is vital to patient health. Scientific studies have linked gum disease to heart disease, diabetes and stroke, and potentially low infant birth weight. Our approach helps ensure that signs of gum disease are recognized early and treated appropriately. At each visit, the dentists at Orchard Dental:

  • Check gum levels by measuring gum attachment
  • Inspect digital images for unfavorable changes
  • Monitor receding gums

Linking Diet to Dental Health

Patients can overlook or underestimate the connection between diet and dental health. The fact is, what we eat and drink has a big effect on our teeth. Sugar, of course, is linked to tooth decay. The acidity in some foods and beverages can be harmful, too. Orchard dentists teach you about the cause/effect relationship between diet and dental health. It is important to know the potential consequences of a diet that is high in sugary or acidic foods and beverages:

  • Increased risk of tooth decay
  • Greater susceptibility to gum disease
  • Accelerated or exacerbated tooth wear and fractures

Safer, Earlier Detection through Digital Imaging

Our practice uses a state-of-the-art digital imaging system. Digital imaging has three major advantages over conventional, film-based x-rays:

  • Much lower exposure to radiation, making it safer for our patients and team
  • Faster and more efficient; you’ll get in and out of the chair faster
  • Most importantly, digital imaging allows our team to see more, in greater detail. Through improved diagnostics, we can clearly identify developing problems and determine the most appropriate treatment strategies.