Preventive Dental Care In Lewiston & Clarkston, WA

Preventive Dentistry

At Canyon Dental, Dr. Joseph Schmidt and our team provide complete dental care, including preventive care. Because preventive dental care is the key component of overall dental health, we do all we can now to prevent future problems with your teeth and smile.

Clarkston Preventive & General Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry

We offer a wide range of general dental treatments to our patients as a part of our commitment to provide Clarkston preventive dentistry & family dentistry including:

  • Routine Cleanings & Exams – We recommend our patients get a cleaning and exam every 6 months. This allows us to regularly check for signs of decay or other important issues.
  • Digital X-rays – With digital x-rays, we can detect decay or other issues with the roots of teeth or the jawbone. Results of digital x-rays will help us begin planning your treatment.
  • Sealants – Dental sealants cover chewing surfaces, especially the molars, and help prevent food particles from sticking to the teeth and causing bacteria to grow. Children’s teeth often need sealants, but sealants can benefit anyone.
  • Fluoride Treatments – We recommend fluoride treatments for both children and adults as it helps strengthen enamel and fight plaque build-up.

Preventive Care FAQs

Why do I need to come in every six months when I brush regularly?

Brushing cannot thoroughly clean all the surfaces of your teeth like the dentist, dental assistants, and dental hygienists can. Even flossing cannot reach all the areas of the teeth that our dental tools can reach. We also check for oral cancer at dental exams, which can thereby help prevent gum disease if caught early. A quick tip: right after your dental exam, schedule your next appointment to make sure exams happen regularly!

Should I stop flossing because my gums are bleeding?

Your gums are bleeding because you have some level of gingivitis. The best thing to do is to floss more frequently. The best way to fight gingivitis is to remove more bacteria. As you floss and the bacteria is removed, your gums will bleed less and feel less irritated. Always let us know about any symptoms with your gums so we can check for other underlying issues.

Which toothbrush and toothpaste is the best?

The toothbrush you choose should have soft bristles and not be too big for your mouth. The right size of toothbrush is critical for reaching all surfaces of the teeth. We recommend that you use a toothpaste that contains at least 0.24% fluoride to help strengthen your tooth enamel. The type of toothpaste you choose may also depend on what your goal is for your teeth (sensitivity, whitening, etc.).

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