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Dental Treatments

Oral Hygiene

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Preventative dental care is a vital element of keeping your teeth and mouth healthy. Routine oral hygiene appointments and checkups help ward off gum disease, decay, and other dental issues. Seeing patients regularly also enables Dr. DeVor to detect potential problems before they start, and may help you avoid the need for treatment such as fillings, crowns, and root canals.

What To Expect At A Dental Hygiene Appointment

Our hygienists customize cleanings based on your specific needs. Visiting your dentist every six months for regular checkups and cleanings can help keep your smile bright and benefit your overall health.

Generally, this is what you can expect at an oral hygiene appointment:

A review of your medical history. Your hygienist will ask you if anything has changed with your medical status. Make sure to tell them about any health issues and concerns you may have about your oral and overall health.

Visual check. Your hygienist will take a look at your gums, teeth, gums, and tongue to identify any abnormalities or decay. They may also take x-rays, which are recommended at least once a year. Your dentist or hygienist may also do an oral cancer screening and measure pocket depths to check your gums for signs of periodontal problems.

Cleaning and polishing. Dental instruments are used to remove plaque, debris, and bacteria from the teeth. Our ultrasonic scalers make the process as comfortable and effective as possible. Your hygienist will also floss your teeth and polish them with a special paste that helps to remove stains and leaves your teeth smooth and squeaky clean.

Fluoride treatment. Both children and adults benefit from fluoride treatment, which strengthens and protects teeth. It is quick and painless – the hygienist simply applies a fluoride gel to your teeth, and you must refrain from eating or drinking for 30-60 minutes.

Home care instructions. If you have additional needs for your home oral hygiene routine, your hygienist will review instructions and answer any questions you have.

Oral examination.. Dr. DeVor will examine your teeth and mouth, review X-rays, go over your treatment plan, and make new recommendations if necessary.

Other Preventive Treatment

Children and adults at high risk of dental decay and cavities may benefit from using additional fluoride products, including mouth rinses and dietary supplements for children who do not have adequate levels of fluoride in their drinking water.

Sealants are also an effective element of children’s preventive dental care. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on molars. Sealants cover the teeth and prevent decay. They consist of a thin coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Applying sealants is an easy and painless process – teeth are cleaned, washed off, and the sealant is painted on the teeth. It takes about a minute for it to form a protective shield. One application of sealants can last for 5-10 years.

Patients with conditions like gum disease may benefit from medicated gels or prescription mouthwashes. They may also require more frequent periodontal maintenance visits.

Your Safety Is Our Top Priority

Protecting the health and safety of our patients and staff is paramount. We follow the latest COVID-19 safety protocols and standard universal infection control precautions per OSHA and CDC guidelines. Please contact our office if you have any questions about our COVID-19 policies and practices.

Contact Us To Schedule An Appointment

Greg DeVor, DDS and our team are dedicated to providing comprehensive, patient-focused dental care for the whole family. Whether you’re looking for a new dentist in Lakewood, OH you’re a longtime patient who visits us regularly for oral hygiene appointments, we’re here to provide quality dental services in a welcoming environment. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call 216-221-1438 today. We serve patients throughout Northeast Ohio.