General Dentistry & Oral Hygiene in Sterling Heights, MI
At Sterling Heights Dentistry, our dental care focus is first and foremost on prevention. Sometimes your at-home oral health routine isn’t enough, or certain areas are frequently overlooked and you end up with a cavity.
You only get one set of permanent teeth and we want you to enjoy the journey with a lifetime of healthy smiles. We offer various treatments to protect your teeth against decay, so you can live your life free of pain and enjoy every last bite.
Biannual checkups and professional teeth cleanings are our first line of defense to prevent tooth decay. During these appointments, we’ll also examine your oral health, perform diagnostic tests such as x-rays, and complete an oral cancer screening.
While some patients choose to see the dentist only when there’s a problem, scheduling regular appointments at our Sterling Heights office will help to catch any issues before they require more invasive procedures. During a professional cleaning, we’ll remove any tartar and plaque to keep your teeth feeling and looking their best.
X-rays will be taken so we can magnify your teeth and gums to see things that aren’t visible to the naked eye. This helps us diagnose certain issues such as cavities and gum disease, sometimes before you even experience symptoms.
During your oral cancer screening, Dr. Johnson will examine your cheeks, tongue, gums, and neck to look for any signs of the potentially fatal disease. If caught early on, oral cancer is typically curable and the chances of successful treatment are much higher.
If your child is having difficulties removing plaque from those hard-to-reach areas, they may be prone to cavities. Luckily, dental sealants are a protective barrier against cavities that can help prevent them for up to ten years. They’re typically applied to the back molar and premolar teeth because bacteria tends to build up in these areas.
The procedure is virtually pain-free and can be completed in 4 steps:
Teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and dried
An acid solution will roughen the tooth’s surface to allow the sealant to bond with the teeth
Teeth are rinsed and dried
The sealant is applied and hardens
Fluoride treatments are an additional way to protect your teeth against bacteria and decay. They work by remineralizing your tooth’s enamel that has been broken down by plaque buildup over time.
Fluoride treatments are a highly concentrated solution that’s applied with a swab, tray, or mouthwash, typically at the end of your cleaning. You’ll want to avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes following the treatment to allow time for the solution to set.
If you play sports, there’s always a chance you could be injured. Wearing the necessary protective gear can help prevent accidents from becoming lifelong obstacles. A customized mouthguard can be fitted to match your teeth and bite precisely to protect against oral injuries that can cost you a lot more than the game.
A mold will be taken of your teeth in order to craft your new customized mouthguard. Customization allows for the highest level of comfort, so you can keep your head in the game without worrying about discomfort or a mouth injury.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes — during your professional cleaning, we’ll remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach areas that are often overlooked. We’ll notify you of any issues before they become problematic and give you tips on ways to improve your at-home oral health routine.
During these appointments, we’ll also provide you with information on the status of your oral health and answer any questions you might have.
Bad oral hygiene has been linked to serious health consequences such as:
High blood pressure
Having a good oral hygiene routine can help prevent these issues and keep your teeth in the best of health. A high-quality oral hygiene routine consists of brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals.
This will help keep your teeth free of debris and bacteria. In addition to following a regular oral hygiene routine, you’ll want to visit our office for biannual checkups and professional cleanings to keep your smile looking and feeling its best.
No — they’ll actually disintegrate over time. During your child’s biannual checkups we’ll evaluate the dental sealants to ensure they’re intact. If they’ve deteriorated, we may recommend new ones or determine that they’re no longer needed.
If your child’s dental sealants fall off, be sure to contact our office immediately by calling (586) 939-5151. Dental sealants are easy to replace, however you’ll want to respond promptly to ensure your child’s teeth are protected against decay.
Caring for your customized mouthguard is simple. You’ll want to follow a few guidelines to keep it in excellent condition, such as:
Clean after each use with mild soap and a toothbrush
Rinse before use
Store it in a container to prevent damage
Avoid high temperatures that can distort its shape