Zelienople Preventive Dentistry
Comprehensive Preventive Dental Care
Preventing a dental problem is always better than having to cure it. The foundation of our practice at Marion Smile Center is based on preventive dental care. Good oral health includes regular, thorough dental examinations by our Zelienople dentist, professional dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants. We provide a full spectrum of dental treatments for adults and children of all ages.
Our preventive dentistry services include:
- Professional Cleaning (A Healthy & Whiter Smile)
- Deep Cleaning & Other Gum Therapy
- Fluoride Treatment
- Night Guards
A Healthy & Whiter Smile
It is nearly impossible to ensure you clean every corner of your teeth and gums on your own. At Marion Smile Center, your hygienist will perform a thorough cleaning on every surface of your teeth as well as your gums. This means that stains on the surfaces of the teeth will be removed and even the tiniest, hard to reach spaces will be cleaned, even those that are easy to miss.
This prevents plaque buildup, helping you achieve a brighter and whiter smile. Your hygienist can also recognize if your teeth have darkened or yellowed and may recommend teeth whitening or another cosmetic procedure. Find out What to Expect at Your First Dental Cleaning at Marion Smile Center.
Deep Cleaning & Other Gum Therapy
Given that the majority of adult Americans have periodontal disease and the significant harm it causes to both your oral and overall systemic health, our providers will assess your risk factors for the disease and perform a clinical assessment. Typically, this occurs during your routine professional cleaning with one of our hygienists.
By using state-of-the-art technology, the hygienist will determine if your gum tissue has destructive bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Our high-tech office uses microscopes, slide studies, saliva DNA testing, digital radiography, loupes magnification, and digital impression scanners.
In consultation with Dr. Mark Marion, the hygienist will determine if you have periodontal disease and at which disease stage you are in. From there, we provide you our recommendations for the appropriate periodontal therapy. Find out more about the periodontal gum disease treatments we offer.
If you or your loved ones have gum disease, tooth sensitivity, or an increased risk of cavities, a professional fluoride treatment can help. The topical fluoride preparation used in our office is a much stronger concentration than can be found in toothpaste or mouth rinses available over the counter or by prescription.
FAQs About Fluoride Treatment
Are your teeth worn or chipped? Are you plagued with receding gums? Perhaps you’ve woken up with a headache or sore jaw? You may be grinding your teeth. This condition, called bruxism, is very common. Often, patients are not even aware they have it until suffering its consequences. Bruxism can wear away tooth enamel, as well as lead to fractured teeth and an increased risk of tooth decay.
It is more important than ever to maintain your dental health – especially during trying times. Stress-related dental problems, such as teeth grinding, jaw clenching, headaches, and cracked teeth, significantly increased during the COVID pandemic, according to an ADA survey published in 2021.
Here at the Marion Smile Center, we offer high-quality, custom-fit occlusal night guards that have helped hundreds of our patients protect their teeth and significantly reduce headaches, earaches, facial pain, and other discomforts caused by excessive teeth grinding. Our customized night guards are far superior to those sold over-the-counter.
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FAQs About Night Guards
Sealants are a temporary protective coating applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The coating keeps bacteria and food out of the grooves of the teeth. Sealants can protect your child’s teeth against 80% of cavities for the first 2 years and up to 50% of cavities over the next 4 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For more information, read our blog, Benefits of Dental Sealants.
You can also watch our video, All About Dental Sealants: