Preventive dental care focuses on helping patients maintain oral health, prevent cavities, avoid gum disease, and catch other potential issues early. It includes thorough professional cleanings, exams, X-rays, and personalized guidance. Routine visits to our Blaine dentists and good at-home oral hygiene habits can help prevent major dental issues and maintain a confident smile over the long-term.
At Legacy Dental Care, we want to help patients establish healthy habits from a young age. We offer free introductory dental visits for children between 24 and 36 months of age. The examination will make sure that their teeth are healthy and that, as parents, you have the best information about oral hygiene and diet to prevent tooth decay. For older children, we provide a dental examination, tooth cleaning, fluoride treatment, and x-rays when needed.
Please be assured that our dental staff is very experienced with young patients, and we will always do our best to calm their fears, make them feel comfortable, and give them a pleasant dental experience.
Sudden tooth pain and dental trauma can necessitate an emergency visit to the dentist. Our providers are here to help relieve discomfort and we will do everything in our power to preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible. A damaged tooth, if treated quickly, can many times be “saved” with minimally invasive procedures, such as root canals, fillings, and dental crowns.
If a tooth is lost and not replaced, it can cause your other teeth to shift, throwing your bite off. This can lead to breakage of other teeth and restorations, headaches, jaw pain, and TMJ Disorder. For patients in need of restorative dental work to replace missing teeth, we offer a range of solutions, including advanced dental implant restorations.
Periodontal Therapy (Gum Disease)
Early detection of periodontal (gum) disease is often the key to avoiding costly and painful dental treatment in the future. Prevention begins with the control of plaque and calculus, the main cause of decay and periodontal disease. In fact, the major cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease, which is known as the silent killer of teeth because most patients feel no symptoms until it’s too late. With regular dental visits, we can treat gum disease at an early stage, before it gets out of hand.
Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars. They prevent cavities by sealing out bacteria and food particles, reducing the risk of decay. A painless and quick procedure, sealants provide an effective barrier against tooth decay, especially in children and teenagers.
Mouth guards are often used to protect your child’s teeth from accidental trauma during sports games. They can also be indicated for adults and children who grind their teeth. The guard usually covers the upper teeth; however, if your child wears braces or another fixed dental appliance on his lower jaw, the doctors may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth, too.