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Preventative Dentistry

Take a proactive approach to maintaining a healthy smile.

Endicott Dental offers several preventative dental services at our office in Broken Arrow. You can read about some of our most common preventative services below, and be sure to make an appointment with us soon – we’ll help you keep your teeth in tiptop shape.

Checkups

We recommend dental checkups twice a year for patients with good oral health. This suggestion is in line with the American Dental Association’s recommendation. Your checkup will give us an opportunity to update your dental records and assess your oral health. Early treatment is always in your best interest.

How we can help
An adult checkup may include these services:

  • Dental X-rays
  • Digital photos
  • Tooth-by-tooth inspection
  • Head and neck exam
  • Occlusion/bite analysis
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Gum disease assessment
  • Dental cleaning
  • Treatment consultation

Children

Dr. Endicott likes to see kids at his office as soon as they have teeth. At this young age, we offer a complimentary “happy visit” for the child to get comfortable at the dentist and get to know Dr. Endicott and our staff. Once the child is able to sit comfortably in the chair, we will complete an exam, cleaning, and any other necessary x-rays. It’s important to us that your child has a positive first experience at the dentist to carry on a lifetime of healthy habits!

Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings will reduce your potential for tooth decay and gum disease. Plus, plaque produces a foul odor, so when it’s removed, your breath should be fresher. If your gums are red, tender, swollen, or if they bleed when you brush your teeth, you may have gum (periodontal) disease.

To keep teeth and gums healthy, you need a dental cleaning, or hygiene visit, every six months. At this appointment, your dental hygienist will assess your soft tissues, record the findings, and compare them with your last visit. Then the hygienist will remove plaque, tartar, and food particles from your teeth.

Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss for adults in the US, and it has been linked to systemic conditions, such as heart disease, respiratory problems, and mental dysfunction. Eighty percent of American adults suffer from some form of this condition. If you show signs of gum disease, Dr. Endicott and your hygienist will recommend a deep cleaning to remove plaque from below the gum line. Some patients benefit from special mouth rinses, antibiotic therapy, or habit changes to reduce gum disease. Regular maintenance visits are required to keep gums healthy and strong.

Mouthguards

You wear protective gear during sporting events – pads, a helmet, the proper shoes, and gloves. It only makes sense to take the same precautions for your mouth. A custom mouthguard can protect your smile (teeth, mouth and jaw) against injury. Every athlete should make a mouthguard standard gear. For more information about sports dentistry, please click on the tab above under “Dental Services”. Dr. Endicott offers custom mouthguards made in the office so that you can do what you love with confidence that your smile is protected.

Fluoride

Dr. Endicott may recommend fluoride supplements during a checkup – especially for children. These preventive measures can deter tooth decay.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that attracts other minerals to strengthen tooth enamel and deter cavity-causing bacteria. Adults and children benefit from professional fluoride varnishes.

 

Endicott Dental wants to help you prevent problems with your teeth and maintain a healthy smile. For more information, please schedule an appointment at our office. We look forward to seeing you.