Dental Preventive Services

Vineyard Dental Group - Your Santa Rosa Dentist

Teeth Cleaning

Minimum twice a year teeth cleanings are essential not just for clean teeth, but a healthy mind and body as well.Most teeth cleanings are performed by our dental hygienists. Before the actual cleaning process begins, We start with a physical exam of your entire mouth. The dental hygienist uses a small mirror to check around your teeth and gums for any signs of gingivitis (inflamed gums) or other potential concerns. If they detect major problems, the dental hygienist might call the dentist to make sure it’s fine to proceed.
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With the small mirror to guide them, your dental hygienist uses a scaler to get rid of plaque and tartar around your gum line, as well as in between your teeth. You’ll hear scraping, but this is normal. The more tartar there is in your mouth, the more time they’ll need to scrape a particular spot. Brushing and flossing stops plaque from building up and hardening into tartar. Once you have tartar, you can only have it removed at the office. So if this is your least favorite part of the teeth cleaning process, the lesson is to brush and floss more often.

After your teeth are completely tartar-free, the hygienist brushes them with a high-powered electric brush. which makes a grinding noise. While it sounds scary, it’s a great way to get a deep clean and remove any tartar left behind from the scaler

Whether you floss regularly at home or not, nothing beats an expert flossing session. Your dental hygienist can get deep between your teeth and locate any potential trouble spots where you might bleed at the gums.

Fluoride treatment

Fluoride is a mineral that helps teeth become more resistant to cavities, like to call it vitamins for teeth.Professional fluoride treatments generally take just a few minutes.The last step of the cleaning process is a fluoride treatment. This treatment is used as a protectant for your teeth to help fight against cavities for several months. Your dental hygienist will ask you what flavor you like best. They’ll then place the foamy gel into a mouthpiece that fits over your teeth. It’s usually left on your teeth for one minute. Besides the foamy gel, fluoride varnish is also painted onto the teeth with a small brush. Fluoride varnish will harden when in contact with saliva, so you can eat and drink immediately after.Depending on your oral health status, fluoride treatments may be recommended every three, six or 12 months. Watch the Video below

Sealants

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Sealants are coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars)that protects the deep pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of the teeth from the bacteria that cause tooth decay.Sealant quickly bond into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.Dental sealants can prevent cavities when applied to molar teeth.

Because of the likelihood of developing decay in the depressions and grooves of the premolars and molars, children and teenagers are candidates for sealants. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.

Applying sealant is a simple and painless process. It takes only a few minutes for to apply the sealant to seal each tooth. will clean and dry your tooth before placing an acidic gel on your teeth. This gel roughs up your tooth surface so a strong bond will form between your tooth and the sealant. Sealant is then painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens.The teeth are then rinsed and dried. We will then use a special blue light to harden the sealant.

Sealants will often last for several years (up to 10 years) before they need to be reapplied. During your regular visit, We will check the condition of the sealant and can reapply them as needed. Children and adults can benefit from sealants.