Preventive dental care is important because it’s the cornerstone of a healthy mouth. At Bauer Dental Company regular six-month checkups, along with good at-home oral hygiene, are the key to preventing gum disease, tooth decay, and other more serious oral health issues like infected teeth. That’s why it’s so important to take good care of your teeth at home, and see a dentist like Dr. Christopher Bauer for preventive care in Fresno. Call today to schedule an appointment at your local dentist in Fresno, CA.
To begin the process, one of our dental hygienists will use special tools to scale, polish, and floss your teeth. This leaves them clean and healthy and removes plaque build. X-rays may also be taken if you’re due for them.
After your teeth are clean, Dr. Bauer will enter the room and will perform a comprehensive oral exam, complete with an oral cancer screening. He will look for signs of common oral health issues like gum disease, tooth decay, teeth grinding, and more.
Once your oral exam is over, Dr. Bauer will discuss his findings with you, and provide you with a personalized treatment plan. Then, you’ll schedule any necessary follow-ups and head home with a clean, healthy smile.
Teeth cleanings are an essential part of preventive care. During a teeth cleaning, one of our dental hygienists will scrape plaque away from your teeth, polish them with a powerful buffing tool, then floss to remove any remaining debris. This allows us to remove plaque and tartar that can’t be eliminated with at-home brushing alone.
We exclusively use digital x-rays, which use less radiation, provide higher image quality, and enhance the comfort of our patients. Digital x-rays allow Dr. Bauer to look below the surface of your mouth and identify oral health issues that may be invisible with a visual exam alone.
Fluoride treatments are often recommended for kids and cavity-prone adults. In this treatment, Dr. Bauer will apply a fluoride-rich solution to your teeth, then rinse it away after a few minutes. Fluoride attracts minerals that strengthen your teeth, so this helps prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are thin, invisible layers of dental resin that are applied to the rear teeth. They form a barrier, which stops bacteria and acid from attacking your enamel and causing cavities. When properly applied, they can protect your teeth for up to 5-10 years.
We offer scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) for patients with gum disease. This process involves cleaning deeply between the gums and teeth and smoothing the roots of the teeth to eliminate bacteria. Antibiotics can also help treat and halt the progression of gum disease.
Teeth grinding can lead to premature wear and tear on your teeth, as well as other problems like TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.) Nightguards are made of durable plastic, and they cover and protect your teeth to prevent damage from nighttime teeth grinding.
We offer oral cancer screenings as part of every appointment at your Fresno dentist. Dr. Christopher Bauer will examine your mouth for abnormalities and early indicators of oral cancer. This is very important. Unless it’s detected by a dentist, oral cancer often goes unnoticed until it spreads, which can make treatment much more difficult.
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste. When brushing, hold your brush at a 45-degree angle. This helps you clean between the gums and teeth more effectively. Make sure you clean the tops, bottoms, and backs of all of your teeth. You should spend about 30 seconds cleaning each quadrant of your mouth. Brush in short, tooth-wide strokes, and clean each tooth individually.
Everyone needs prophylactic cleanings every six months. These routine cleanings help keep your mouth healthy and let Dr. Bauer check for oral health issues.
In contrast, periodontal cleanings are only needed if you have gum disease. Periodontal cleanings are more complex and involve deeply cleaning between the teeth and gums to halt or reverse the progression of gum disease.
Yes. Almost all dental insurance plans will cover 100% of the cost of most preventive treatments like teeth cleanings and oral exams. Coverage for things like fluoride and sealants may vary, though, so we recommend checking your insurance plan to ensure you fully understand your coverage.