Keep Your Mouth Healthy With Preventive Dentistry
Prevention is the key to healthy teeth and gums. A proper brushing and flossing routine is critical, but regular dental appointments and professional preventive care should also be a part of your oral hygiene regimen.
By visiting Dr. Skutak every six months, you can prevent common dental issues like tooth decay, infections, and periodontal (gum) disease. In the long run, these appointments will save time and money by helping you avoid the need for restorative treatment, and it will ensure that your mouth is strong and healthy.
Oral Exams & Teeth Cleanings
Oral exams and teeth cleanings are at the heart of all preventive care at Skutak Dental. During routine appointments, one of our hygienists will clean, buff, and polish your teeth, and remove plaque and tartar from your mouth. We will thoroughly examine your teeth for signs of decay, and inspect your gums and your mouth for any other issues. Dr. Skutak will also check for signs of oral cancer, and may take x-rays, if necessary. The entire process usually takes less than an hour, and we work with all major insurers to keep quality dental care convenient and affordable.
Repair Minor Decay
If Dr. Skutak finds that you have a “soft spot” in one of your teeth, fluoride treatments can help restore your smile. During this treatment, a fluoride-rich solution is applied to your teeth and left in place for several minutes, then rinsed away. Fluoride encourages the remineralization and strengthening of tooth enamel, and can even reverse tooth decay if it is applied before a cavity fully develops.
Protect Against Cavities
Dental sealants are another way to protect against cavities. Sealants consist of a liquid resin that is applied to your rear molars after they have been cleaned and disinfected. This resin quickly hardens into a barrier, which prevents oral bacteria, acid, and food debris from directly contacting your teeth. Essentially, this prevents the formation of cavities by shielding your teeth from harmful substances. Sealants can last up to 10 years with proper care.
Prevent And Reverse Gum Disease
If you have gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, Dr. Skutak may recommend a deep cleaning, which is also called “scaling and root planing.” She will use special dental tools to remove plaque and tartar from between your gums and teeth and reshape your tooth roots to eliminate “pockets” of bacteria. This, combined with proper oral hygiene, is usually enough to reverse minor cases of gingivitis.
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Contact Skutak Dental Today
Whether you’re in Rothschild, Schofield or Wausau, Dr. Skutak is here to help you get the preventive care you need. To schedule a consultation, give us a call at (715) 355-4433. In the neighborhood? Feel free to stop by our office at 700 Eagle Nest Boulevard, Suite E, Rothschild, WI 54474.