Preventative Dentistry West Jordan
Preventive dentistry is crucial to maintaining a healthy smile. Our experienced dentist and team offer a number of preventive treatments to meet your needs, and we will work with you to create treatment plans that will help you keep your mouth healthy so that you can avoid the need for restorative procedures. We welcome you to call Apple Blossom Dental at 801-566-1031 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eric Whiting and learn more about how preventive dentistry in West Jordan, Utah, can benefit you!
Preventive dentistry encompasses all forms of dental care that are provided to help you avoid developing tooth decay and gum disease, sustaining tooth damage, or developing other dental problems. Preventive treatments are designed to help keep your mouth healthy so that you can maintain your natural teeth and avoid the need for more extensive care. The more care you take in keeping your mouth, teeth, gums and supporting oral structures healthy, the greater your chances are for maintaining your natural teeth throughout your life.
OUR Preventative Care Services
Dental exams are a key part of keeping your mouth and smile healthy. We recommend that you receive a dental exam every six months, as this will allow our dentist to monitor your oral health and ensure that any developing problems are diagnosed and treated promptly.
Dental exams are often performed as part of your regular cleaning appointments. A dental exam consists of our dentist checking your teeth and supporting oral structures for any signs of damaging dental conditions or diseases. Dental X-rays may be used to further evaluate your teeth and supporting structures and check for tooth decay or other developing problems. During the exam, our dentist will check for problems such as cavities, bone loss, oral cancer and periodontal disease.
A sealant is a preventive dental treatment that our dentist may recommend to protect patients’ teeth from decay.
A dental sealant is made of a clear or tooth-colored resin material, which is painted onto the chewing surface of teeth. By blocking out the bacteria and food debris that lead to tooth decay, the sealant prevents decay and cavities. The dental sealant forms a smooth coating over the natural pits and grooves of the tooth surface, which also makes it easier to effectively clean teeth with normal brushing. Dental sealants are most often recommended for children. They are frequently recommended for the permanent molars as soon as they come in, usually between the ages of 6 and 12 years. We may also recommend dental sealants for adult patients whose teeth are prone to decay or have not been restored or suffered from decay in the past. We can apply dental sealants in just one short, comfortable visit to our practice.
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in water and many foods. While you receive a certain amount of fluoride from your diet and from using toothpaste with fluoride, we may recommend fluoride treatment to further strengthen your teeth and prevent cavities.
Fluoride helps to strengthen your teeth and protect them from tooth decay. As you eat and drink throughout the day, bacteria, sugars and acids constantly attack and demineralize the enamel of your teeth. Fluoride works to re-mineralize tooth enamel, preventing tooth decay and cavities. In addition, fluoride can strengthen teeth as they develop to make sure they are strong and healthy. This makes fluoride very important for children as their teeth grow in.
A night guard is a special type of mouth guard that is used to treat bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching. If our dentist or team suspect that you suffer from bruxism, we may recommend a night guard to protect your teeth from damage and prevent teeth grinding while you sleep. Many people who suffer from bruxism are unaware of the condition because it occurs while they sleep.
Common signs of nighttime teeth clenching and grinding include:
- Chronic jaw pain, facial pain and ear pain
- Awakening with a tired or tight feeling in the jaw
- Frequent tension headaches and migraines
- Excessive tooth wear, leading to chipped, flattened, cracked or very worn teeth
- Extremely worn tooth enamel, exposing the inner layers of the tooth
- Indentations on the side of the tongue
- Increased tooth sensitivity
If you notice the signs of bruxism, you may benefit from a custom night guard. This night guard will be made to fit your smile comfortably and effectively, allowing you to sleep peacefully while protecting your teeth. We invite you to contact us today to learn more about night guards and how we can prevent the negative effects of teeth grinding. We are dedicated to providing the best possible care for your smile.
Our dentist and team are dedicated to keeping your smile healthy and free from discomfort. To help us do this, we provide several types of mouth guards at our office. For our athletic patients, we often recommend a type of mouth guard called an athletic mouth guard or sports guard. Sports guards fit over your teeth while you play sports and participate in other athletic activities to protect your smile from injury. Sports guards are especially important for our patients who play high-contact sports such as wrestling, football, hockey and rugby; however, all types of athletes can benefit from an athletic mouth guard. Whether you play soccer, basketball or baseball, a sports guard can be a great way to protect your smile and keep it safe.
While a number of types of athletic mouth guards are available, a custom-made mouth guard is the most effective in protecting your smile. This type of mouth guard is designed to comfortably fit your smile and prevent dental injury, such as knocked out and chipped teeth. A sports guard can also help to prevent injury to the soft tissues of the mouth, including the tongue, lips, cheeks and gums.
Find out what our patients says about us…
The experience at Apple Blossom was amazing. The receptionist worked really hard to helped me figure out my insurance and worked with me to pay later.
Loved how friendly all the employees are, very welcoming! Loved how they really took the time to explain the process on our dental work! Best place Yet!
First time at the Apple Blossom dental office and every one was extremely nice and knowledgeable. Great experience overall and would highly recommend.
Friendly, helpful and accommodating! Will return.
Great group from top to bottom. They have shown amazing levels of patience and love with my 2 young boys. Clear and proactive communication about appointments and billing. I highly recommend to anyone that wants a good family dentist who goes over and above.
They were able to get me in for emergency wisdom teeth removal also was able to get me in after hours when I had questions and need sutures.
I love the service they offer here
I am so glad my niece told me to come here ! I love the office! It was super clean and the staff helped me with my kids? I would recommend this office to anyone.
Very kind and caring staff! Dr. Whitting is one of the knowledgeable Dr’s I’ve ever been too. And I’ve been to a lot!
Emergency appt, got me right in.
Great dentist and staff! Very gentle and personable. Highly recommend!
Great with kids, quick service. Will bring all my kids.