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Prevention Services

These services keep teeth healthy and prevent possible problems.

  • Sealants – A sealant is a kind of plastic used to protect teeth from cavities. A sealant is used to “fill in” the deep grooves found on the biting surfaces of molars and bicuspids that are hard to keep clean. They are sometimes used in special situations on the back part of the upper incisors.
  • Fluoride – Fluoride is a type of mineral that makes the outer layer of the tooth stronger. It is one of the most effective tools used in the prevention of cavities. Many cities and towns add a very low dose of fluoride to their water. The Canadian Dental Association and American Dental Association have found that these low levels found in the water are safe to be swallowed. Fluoride is also found in many, but not all toothpastes. In this form, the fluoride content is much higher than that found in the water and should therefore be used on the surface of the teeth only. Toothpaste should not be swallowed. Additionally, we may recommend fluoride supplements and/or fluoride-containing varnishes to provide your child with extra protection against cavities or to help treat the very early stages of dental decay.
  • Cleaning – Dental cleanings at the NCPD involve removing plaque from teeth that ordinary home cleaning misses. We will use a polishing paste, and possibly scraping, to remove the hardened mineralized plaque called “tarter” or “calculus”. Left on the teeth, these act as irritants that cause inflammation (swelling) and bleeding of the gums (gingivitis). Left long enough, this inflammation can lead to bone loss and tooth loss and is referred to as periodontitis.
  • Dental care education – This includes teaching your child how to brush and floss correctly as well as nutrition guidance for healthy teeth.
  • Custom made mouth guards – Mouth guards are made of soft platic and cover upper teeth. The dentist takes an impression of the teeth to get a custom fit so that they are comfortable to wear and are not loose. Mouth guards protect teeth during sporting activities.
  • Interceptive Orthodontics – We monitor your child’s dental growth and development for any abnormalities or potential problems. When problems arise, we may use the following interceptive techniques:
  • Disking or shaving baby teeth to make them narrower to help align teeth
  • Selective baby tooth removal
  • Minor jaw expansion to correct posterior crossbites
  • Selective tooth repositioning and space regaining
  • Use of appliances that discourage behaviors that lead to bite changes (such as prolonged finger sucking habits or tongue thrusts)
  • Interceptive orthodontics– Different appliances are sometimes needed to correct a thumbsucking habit, anterior openbite, anterior/posterior crossbite, posterior space loss and the need for space regaining. During your child’s examination, the doctor will discuss with you whether this procedure is right for your child.