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PREVENTATIVE

At Westmoreland Family Dentistry, we recommend that certain procedures be performed at regular dental visits as part of your proper dental hygiene. This preventative dentistry prevents problems before they start, corrects routine problems before they worsen, and identifies serious oral health problems so they can be properly treated.

Comprehensive Exams

A comprehensive exam is a thorough exam determining the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw joint.

Periodic Exams

Regular dental exams are a crucial part of preventative dentistry because they allow us to address dental problems in their early stages and to identify serious issues. Most people need an exam every six months, but we may recommend more frequent visits depending on your circumstances.

Cleanings

Regular dental cleanings by our dentist or our dental hygienist are part of a proper oral hygiene routine. Cleanings help fight plaque, the major cause of tooth decay, gingivitis, and serious gum disease.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments can help if you are at risk of developing cavities.

Sealants

Sealants protect teeth from tooth decay by adding a protective layer to keep out plaque. Ask Dr. Westmoreland how this wonderful technology can, quickly and easily, help you and your children fight cavities.

Scaling and Root Planing

Plaque that remains on teeth eventually hardens into tartar, which is virtually impossible to remove with brushing and flossing alone. Scaling is the deep-cleaning procedure your dentist or hygienist uses to scrape the tartar off your teeth at and below the gumline.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Early detection is the key to the successful treatment of oral cancers, so we are the first line of defense. Ask us about oral cancer screening at your next regular visit.

Night Guards

Night guards are an acrylic appliance that is usually worn at night that can dramatically decrease clenching and grinding.