Preventive Dentistry – Bellevue, Wa
We Keep You & Your Loved Ones Smiling
At Ideal Smiles Dental Care, we have the training and experience to address dental problems as they arise. However, we strongly believe that every patient is better avoiding trouble to begin with. That’s why we focus on consistent preventive care and encourage healthy, daily habits at home. We welcome patients of all ages and look forward to helping you and your entire family preserve your naturally beautiful smile for years to come with preventive dentistry in Bellevue, WA.
Why Choose Ideal Smiles Dental Care for Preventive Dentistry?
Dental Insurance Welcome
Patients of All Ages Served
Early and Saturday Appointments Available
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
Aside from the care you give your teeth every day, regular checkups and cleanings are essential for a strong, radiant smile. During this visit, we’ll inspect your teeth and gums for any signs of decay or infection. If we find an issue, we’ll resolve it right away as conservatively as possible. In addition, we’ll remove plaque deposits from your teeth in order to stop future problems from developing in the first place.
Oral Cancer Screenings
You don’t hear much about oral cancer in particular, but the truth is that this type of cancer tends to be more deadly than most—not because it is difficult to treat but because it is often discovered too late. In every oral exam, we take just a couple of minutes to check for sores that won’t heal, discolored or thickened patches of tissue, and other symptoms of potentially cancerous cells. As a result, we are able to catch oral cancer as soon as possible, which can save lives!
Although your tooth enamel is irreplaceable, fluoride naturally strengthens teeth against cavities. That’s why many sources of public drinking water have fluoride added to it! After we’ve removed plaque buildup, we can apply a concentrated fluoride gel to your teeth to give them an extra boost. Although this treatment only requires a few minutes, your teeth will be better able to withstand eroding acids and harmful bacteria in between your dental visits.
Did you know that when a tooth first starts to decay, we can actually stop the cavity in its tracks without removing any tooth structure? If we catch it early enough, we can treat the cavity with silver diamine fluoride, which simultaneously kills decay-causing bacteria and reinforces the tooth enamel all in one treatment. It’s just another way that we can help you keep as much of your natural smile for as long as possible.
At the very beginning stages of development, cavities have not yet seriously hurt the tooth enamel. The DMG Icon® resin is a micro-invasive technology that fills the weakened enamel without the need for drilling or local anesthesia. In fact, we can use this technology on early caries and lesions in the enamel that have penetrated to the first third of the underlying layer of dentin. This treatment can also be used to treat white spots after you or your child gets their braces off. With this treatment, we can quickly stop a cavity from progressing and damaging your smile.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Do you grind your teeth while you sleep? This unconscious habit, called bruxism, can weaken your tooth enamel, eventually causing cracks or breaks. To prevent this from happening and protect your smile from damage, we can create a custom mouthguard that you wear only at night. This oral appliance separates your upper and lower teeth and can even help your jaw muscles relax, potentially helping with any jaw pain you may be experiencing as well.
Our compassionate team at Ideal Smiles Dental Care invites you to bring your children and teens into our dental office. We love teaching our young patients the importance of healthy dental habits and how to take care of their teeth. We will make sure that your child feels comfortable and safe from beginning to end and will take the time to create positive memories for them that encourage lifelong dental health.
The most vulnerable teeth in your smile are the molars and premolars, particularly on the chewing surfaces. Their deep grooves, while perfect for grinding food for digestion, can harbor food particles, bacteria, and plaque, increasing the risk of cavities. This is especially true for children, who are still learning proper technique for cleaning their teeth. To protect these teeth, we can apply a thin coating of dental plastic, called dental sealants, to serve as a barrier.