Preventative

Sealants

Reducing tooth decay in children and teens is critical to their long-term healthy smile. A dental sealant is a liquid plastic material that is applied to chewing surfaces of the back teeth. It bonds to and seals the depressions and grooves of teeth, preventing food and bacteria from getting stuck on rough chewing surfaces. This helps protect teeth from the plaque that causes tooth decay.   Application is painless. Your dentist will apply the sealant, which hardens quickly. Protection should last years. During regular checkups we will examine how the sealant has worn and can reapply the...

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At Home Care

Taking care of your teeth and gums at home is the most important part of maintaining optimal oral health. You may only see your dental team twice a year, but you should be taking care of your teeth at least twice a day! We’ve provided you with some helpful information to arm yourself with the best techniques to take care of your teeth and gums!   Brush your teeth at least twice a day, morning and night for two minutes! Floss at least once a day Use a mouthrinse, such as Listerine, Closys, or Act We highly recommend power toothbrushes, ask about them at your next...

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Fluoride

Fluoride is a very important mineral to teeth, it helps prevent tooth decay and can help repair cavities in the earliest stages! You can get fluoride two ways- systemically and topically. Systemic fluoride is swallowed, for example fluoridated water. Topical fluoride is what is applied directly to a tooth’s surface. The best prevention is to get fluoride BOTH ways. Your dentist will help decide what fluoride program you should be on, whether it is topical application every 3, 6 or 12 months, or systemic prescription if you do not live in an area with fluoridated water. If you do not have...

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Regular Exams and Cleanings

You should see your dentist at least every six months to maintain optimal oral health. At these visits, Drs. Catherman will do an extensive and thorough exam to make sure there is no oral pathology. During these exams, the doctor will check your teeth for: Decay (cavities) Fractures Abscesses Adequately fitting crowns and/or  leaking crowns and fillings Occlusion (bite)/ high spots on fillings The doctor will then read x-rays for: Decay Abscesses Cysts or granulomas Periodontal disease Cancers Impacted teeth Other forms of pathology The doctor will then examine gums, tongue, and surrounding...

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