Preventative Care

A great preventative care plan is essential for a healthy smile. After all, diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal infections can be prevented or reversed if they’re caught early enough. At Chemi Dental, our team focuses on a preventative care approach for all members of your family. No matter your age, we utilize proven prevention-based strategies to help you keep your smile healthy for a lifetime.

Preventative Cleanings and Exams

We recommend scheduling a diagnostic exam and cleaning every six months to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. Dr. Hernández will inspect your teeth, existing dental work, and soft tissues and determine if there are any problems that require attention. With the help of regular fluoride treatments, you can reduce the chances of cavities in the future. 

During your checkup, we’ll also perform a prophylactic (preventative) dental cleaning to remove tartar buildup, stains, and plaque from hard-to-clean spaces. If there are certain areas that require modified oral hygiene techniques, we can share our advice to maintain these spaces between visits. 

How Often Should I Schedule a Checkup?

Most people who have healthy teeth and gums benefit from a checkup and preventative cleaning twice a year (every six months.) If you’re in braces or have a history of gum disease, we may recommend visits as often as every 3-4 months to ensure the best oral health. If you have dental insurance, most plans cover two checkups per year. Chemi Dental also offers an in-house membership plan if you do not have dental coverage.

Digital X-rays

Many dental concerns can’t be seen with the naked eye. Such as cavities between teeth, abscesses, bone loss, or impacted wisdom teeth. Dr. Hernández uses digital X-rays to detect decay and bone loss to intercept it as early as possible when treatments are more conservative to your tooth structure. We also use 3D CBCT scanning for a broad overview of your oral anatomy, jaw structure, and airway. 

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is a natural mineral found in many food sources, and like calcium, it helps promote strong teeth and bones. When applied topically after dental cleanings, fluoride can help remineralize weak areas of enamel and help combat tooth sensitivity. 

Periodontal Care

Chronic gum disease (periodontal disease) is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the nation. If it’s diagnosed at the earliest stages of gingivitis, it can be reversed. But unmanaged gum disease will lead to soft tissue and bone loss around teeth, resulting in tooth mobility and loss. Common symptoms include gum recession, tartar buildup, bleeding gums, gaps between teeth, and bad breath. 

If you have periodontal disease, we recommend a series of therapeutic “deep” cleanings to target the infection at its source. These visits remove infectious bacteria below the gumlines that are contributing to your oral infection. Because of the health risks associated with periodontal disease, the treatment benefits extend much further than just the health of your smile.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer is a dangerous disease that can affect anyone. Risk factors like sun exposure, viruses like HPV, and alcohol use or smoking can increase your chances of developing oral cancer. Dr. Hernández will perform a soft tissue screening during every six-month exam to help identify irregular tissues as early as possible. 

Night Guards

If you tend to clench or grind your teeth at night, it can gradually take a toll on your enamel, TMJ, and facial muscles. Common symptoms include headaches, migraines, TMJ disorder, and broken or worn teeth. Wearing a custom-fitted nightguard takes the strain off of your smile, safeguarding your teeth and dental work while also reducing tension on your jaws and facial muscles. 

Sports Mouthguards

Protective athletic mouthguards can reduce your chances of a serious dental emergency, such as chipped or knocked-out teeth. Professionally fitted sports mouthguards also lower your likelihood of a concussion because of the way they protect your jaw and skull. If you have an athlete in the family, be sure to ask Dr. Hernández about these beneficial oral appliances.