Preventive Dentistry is the area of dentistry concerned with preventing dental problems before they become costly, painful, or both. A large part of preventive dentistry is patient education. This includes learning the proper at-home dental care, nutrition, etc. Another aspect of preventive dentistry is oral hygiene through regular dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, mouthguards & more.
Cleaning & Polishing
Regular cleaning & polishing are an important part of your dental & overall health. By coming in for routine care, you can prevent dental problems before they become costly, painful, or both. Gum disease, which may be caused by poor dental hygiene, has also been linked to diabetes & heart disease.
State-of-the-Art Equipment At Your Service
We use only the most advanced, leading-edge technology in our practice. It’s part of our goal to provide you with the most comfortable, successful dental care possible. We embrace the latest advancements in dentistry with your improved dental health in mind.
Sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay on the biting surfaces of chewing teeth. A sealant is a simple procedure in which Family Dental Dentists places a clear or tooth-colored acrylic “coating” onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves where decay is most likely to begin. This technique is usually done on permanent molars as soon as they have come in enough to be sealed. Sometimes primary molars have grooves deep enough to require sealing, as well. At less than half the cost of conventional fillings & without any anesthetics or drilling, sealants are one of the most important preventive tools Family Dental offers. Call us at Family Dental to schedule your appointment today!
Mouthguards are an essential piece of sporting equipment for preventing mouth injury during sports & other physical activity. Mouthguards act as a cushion, protecting your teeth, tongue, gums, lips & cheeks from impacts to the face.
Though mouthguards can be purchased in stores, the most effective, best-fitting & comfortable mouthguards are custom-fitted by your dentist. Mouthguards from the dentist have been proven to be much better at preventing concussions &/or traumatic brain injury from an impact than over-the-counter ready-made or boil-&-bite mouthguards. Our custom-fit mouthguards are also more comfortable & are less likely to impede breathing & speech.
With a custom mouthguard from your dentist, you can keep smiling no matter what the competition throws at you.
Call Buckley Dental Care today at 360-829-1201 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Chaudhry!
Velscope® Cancer Screening
When it comes to oral cancer, early detection leads to more treatment options & better outcomes. VELscope is a revolutionary hand-held device that helps dentists & hygienists detect potentially cancerous tissue earlier & more easily than before. The VELscope system works by emitting a safe blue light that makes tissues in your mouth appear fluorescent, revealing abnormalities that might not be visible to the naked eye. In fact, VELscope is the only non-invasive device clinically proven to help discover otherwise undetectable signs of oral disease.
Buckley Dental Care is certified in VELscope technologies. 360-829-1201 to schedule your oral cancer screening–it may change your life!
Low-Radiation Digital X-Rays
Buckley Dental Care offers in-office digital x-rays for your convenience. Digital x-rays are computer-generated images that require up to 90% less radiation than conventional film-type x-rays. Instead of using the traditional silver-oxide x-ray film, which must be developed & then fixed in caustic & environmentally damaging solutions, the new system takes pictures via a small electronic sensor. A picture of the tooth is instantaneously transmitted onto the monitor in the treatment room so we can see your teeth & surrounding structures immediately.
X-rays, also known as radiographs, have long been part of preventive care in dentistry. X-rays pass through the soft tissues of the face & mouth (lips, cheeks, etc.) & are absorbed by the hard material of teeth & bone. This allows the dentist to see potential oral health issues that may not be easily visible to the naked eye. X-rays are used primarily to find cavities, but dentists also use them to look at tooth roots, the health of bone surrounding the tooth, to assess possible periodontal (gum) disease problems & to keep track of development in younger patients.
The immediacy of digital x-rays allows the dentist to assess the health of your teeth & identify potential problems right away. Because the images from digital x-rays are available immediately, the dentist can also share these images with you while you’re still in the dental chair, allowing you to see & understand your oral health condition as the dentist explains it.