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Dental Cleanings & Prevention in Pittsford

Helping You Maintain Your Oral Health in Rochester and Monroe County

Preventive inspections and treatments along with regular cleanings are the best ways to ensure that your oral health is the best it can be. When it comes to oral diseases and dental problems, early detection is key. By visiting your Pittsford dentist regularly, you can ensure that your teeth, mouth, and gums stay healthy and clean year after year.

To schedule a general exam and cleaning, call Sanger Dental at the Basin at (585) 299-5495.

Routine Dental Exam

To maintain perfect oral health, a routine teeth cleaning and check-up is recommended every six months. These exams are performed with care by our Pittsford dentist and oral hygienists.

Before an exam, our team will carefully review your dental and medical records to get a sense of your current oral health and understand your unique health needs. We also take the time to chat with you before we begin any procedures or exams to make sure you feel comfortable for the duration of your appointment. You will be encouraged to alert us of any concerns or pain during our exams.

During your routine dental exam, our dentist and an oral hygienist will:

  • Check for gum disease: We will visually examine the gums for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examine teeth for decay: We will use special dental tools to look for any existing decay and take note of teeth that are at-risk of decay.
  • Examine old/existing restorations: We’ll make sure any current fillings, crowns, and other restorative treatments are in good shape.
  • Perform a cleaning: We will remove tartar and plaque, then polish all teeth.
  • Perform an oral cancer screening: We will check all areas of the mouth, neck, face, and throat for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Take digital X-rays: No more than once per year, we will take X-rays to check for signs of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. These X-rays can also help determine tooth and root positions.

Sealants & Fluoride

During a general dental appointment, your dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a mineral both naturally and artificially present in many foods and water supplies that can help prevent tooth decay.

Fluoride can strengthen your teeth in two ways:

  • Topical fluoride: Applied manually through dental products including toothpaste, mouthwash, and professional applications by dentists.
  • Systemic fluoride: Strengthens teeth that have grown in as well as teeth that are still developing and have yet to erupt. Systemic fluoride is introduced into the mouth through food, water, or a prescribed supplement.

It is important to remember that fluoride on its own cannot prevent tooth decay. You should still maintain healthy oral health habits by brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, reducing sugar intake, and keeping up with routine dental check-ups.

In addition to fluoride treatments, sealants are a great way to prevent decay, cavities, and the need for oral surgery. A sealant is a thin, protective coat that is placed over the tops of teeth, generally molars.

Our team might recommend sealants for people of all ages, including:

  • Babies: Sealants may be placed if the baby’s teeth have deep grooves that leave him or her prone to cavities.
  • Children and teenagers: Adolescents are most prone to cavities between the ages of 6 and 16. Sealants can protect their teeth from natural decay and damage.
  • Adults: We may recommend sealants for adults if they have decay-free teeth with deep grooves or depressions.

Oral Cancer Screening

During your routine dental appointment, our team will perform a comprehensive oral cancer screening. Generally, oral cancer progresses slowly and may not show symptoms until the cancer has progressed.

Oral cancer can occur in or on the:

  • Lips
  • Mouth
  • Tongue
  • Salivary glands
  • Throat
  • Gums
  • Face

Don’t be afraid of undergoing an oral cancer screening – the process is painless and simple. At Sanger Dental at the Basin, our team of caring and gentle medical professionals in Rochester and Monroe County will ensure that your screening is thorough to protect your health.

Schedule your routine dental exam today with our dentist in Pittsford, NY. Contact us by calling (585) 299-5495.