At Hopewell Family Dentistry, our first goal is to help you achieve your best oral health possible.
Part of that goal includes a solid foundation in preventive dentistry. Preventive dentistry’s aim is to stop common dental conditions before they start so you can enjoy a healthy smile for a lifetime.
Our preventive dentistry treatment plans are designed specifically to meet the needs of each patient. Those needs may change over time, and we will be here to make sure you always get the best preventive dentistry possible.
Comprehensive Oral Evaluations
A dental exam gives Dr. Patrick Carter the opportunity to determine your overall oral health and identify any conditions that he may be concerned about. Some of the things he looks for during your dental exam include:
- Your gum health
- The health of each tooth
- Any signs of damage or decay
- Oral cancer and other conditions affecting your soft tissues
- Excessive wear
- Changes or problems with you bite
- The health of your jaw joints
If Dr. Carter notices something has changed since your last appointment, he will let you know right away and recommend treatment options to protect your teeth.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Even if you brush and floss your teeth religiously, you cannot possibly reach areas between your teeth or just below your gumline. Of course, those are the areas where bacteria like to collect.
Our hygienist is gentle, but thorough, and will effectively remove the tartar that collects between dental appointments. Your dental cleaning is based on your needs and will help you stay healthy.
Your gum health tends to change throughout your life. Diabetes, pregnancy, and certain medications can all affect the health of your gums. Our customized dental cleanings and hygiene recare schedule will help keep you on track!
Additional Preventive Services
We offer additional services to help you stay healthy and keep your smile feeling great, including:
Fluoride treatments – While most patients think of kids when they think of fluoride treatments, adults can benefit from them, too! Anyone who has deep grooves in their teeth may be more prone to decay. Additionally, some of our more senior patients who suffer from arthritis can lose dexterity, making home care difficult. Fluoride strengthens enamel and prevents decay.
Dental sealants – Sealants provide a barrier between your teeth and the bacteria that put them at risk. We simply paint the non-invasive sealant onto your tooth and harden it with a curing light. Sealants are cost-effective and can last for several years.
Athletic mouthguards – When you think of prevention, you may not think of athletic mouthguards, but sports can lead to damaged teeth. We believe you should be active and have fun! Just protect your teeth with an athletic mouthguard to prevent broken teeth from collisions with other players or stray baseballs.
Contact Us for Your Next Dental Exam!
Our Anderson, SC dental team can’t wait to welcome you and your family to join our dental family. Give us a call today!
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