Dr. McKinley and Dr. Holloway are proud to offer preventive dentistry in Shelby Township, Michigan. They believe in the importance of keeping one’s teeth healthy to prevent dental issues from arising. Preventive dentistry helps avoid dental problems like cavities, gingivitis, and enamel wear. All patients benefit from preventive dentistry, especially children. This is because having healthy teeth allows newly coming in teeth to grow in strong and health. We strongly recommend that you visit our office every six months to receive preventive care.

Teeth ModelPreventive dentistry includes dental procedures like professional teeth cleanings, dental X-rays, and proper oral hygiene. During a professional teeth cleaning appointment, our hygienist will clean all of your teeth using a small metal tool. Then the hygienist will floss your teeth, polish them, and apply dental fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that helps protect the teeth from tooth decay by strengthening your tooth enamel. Our dentists will then examine all of your teeth for signs of decay and other dental issues.

Preventive Dentistry Shelby Township, MI

Sometimes, our Shelby Township dentists will take dental X-rays to get a closer look at your smile. It is important to pair dental services in our office with good oral hygiene at home. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to reduce the risk of cavities, gingivitis, and other dental issues.

We invite you to contact our dental office today at 586-685-0880 to learn more about preventive dentistry and to schedule your next visit.

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Preventive Dentistry FAQs

What are dental cleanings?
Dental cleanings are a preventive treatment performed by our dentists and hygienists. You should receive a cleaning every six months as part of your ongoing preventive care. During a dental cleaning our dentists will thoroughly clean your teeth, floss between your teeth and polish the teeth to brighten your smile. We will also examine your teeth and gums for any signs of dental problems such as cavities and gum disease.

What is dental hygiene?
Dental hygiene is your at-home care routine, and involves brushing and flossing your teeth to help keep them free from harmful bacteria. You should brush at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush, and should floss daily to remove food debris from between your teeth. You may also want to consider using a mouth rinse or other oral hygiene aids as recommended by our dentists.

What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are a preventive treatment that work by coating the surface of your molars to form a shield over the tooth and block out decay-causing bacteria and food debris. This helps prevent cavities and other problems from developing. Sealants are most frequently recommend for children, but are also available for adults if needed.

What is fluoride treatment?
Fluoride treatment is a type of preventive care that works to strengthen and remineralize tooth enamel in order to protect your teeth from cavities. Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral and can be found in many foods as well as in many local water supplies. Fluoride treatments can be applied in just a few minutes as part of your regular dental appointments.

What are digital X-Rays?
Dental X-rays help our dentists detect and diagnose dental issues and diseases that are not visible during a regular dental exam. Dental X-rays help our dentists locate cavities, check the health of the tooth root and the surrounding bone, examine developing teeth, and monitor the health of your teeth and jawbone. Our dentists will determine how often to take X-rays based on your oral health, age, and your risk for disease.