Preventive Dentistry – Englewood, CO
Protect Your Oral Health
Prevention is the best medicine for all kinds of health problems, including ones that involve your teeth. At City Center Dental Group, our dedicated team focuses on helping patients avoid decay and injuries whenever possible through comprehensive checkups, refreshing cleanings, and many other services that protect and strengthen smiles. We see patients of all ages and welcome in emergency cases as well for fast relief. Our Englewood office is open to the greater Denver, CO community and beyond – contact us today to schedule a first visit.
Checkups & Cleanings
Every patient, young and old, needs to be visiting the dentist’s office at least twice a year. Many dental problems develop in ways that an untrained eye won’t notice at first, and our team can be your first line of defense. During regular checkups, we offer a complimentary Comfort Menu before your appointment to make your visit relaxing in our chair. We will perform a comprehensive examination of the teeth, the gums, any restorations like crowns, the resting bite, the TMJ, the jawbone, and more in order to paint a full picture of your current oral health needs and recommend needed treatment. A professional cleaning with our talented hygienists will eliminate decay-causing accumulations of plaque and minor stains, leaving teeth with a polished sheen.
Gum disease may start out as just some light bleeding in your saliva after flossing, but the consequences of leaving this infection untreated can be severe – it’s the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States for a reason. Our team of professionals will work with patients to identify suspicious symptoms as soon as possible and provide therapy that gets rid of harmful bacteria. The earlier we can eradicate gum disease, the better!
Your temporomandibular joints (more simply called the TMJ) connect your lower jaw to the skull, helping patients chew food, speak, and even yawn. If strain or dysfunction strikes, chronic facial pain can be an unpleasant result. Our dentists can diagnose TMJ disorder during a checkup and propose effective therapy options for bringing back harmony to the smile’s machine of moving parts. Occlusal splint therapy and occlusal (bite) adjustment are two possible solutions that we will help you explore in further detail.
Dental sealants are tough plastic coatings that can be placed over the chewing surfaces of certain teeth – particularly the premolars and molars. These surfaces are home to deep grooves and pits that are likely to trap food particles over time, leading to tooth decay. Younger patients are particularly vulnerable to these types of cavities, as they may be still learning how to properly brush and floss in the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. Sealants are easy to apply, comfortable in the mouth, and very durable. With their protection, teeth can stay stronger and safer over the years.
Why do teeth become discolored and stained over time? There are several possible reasons, including:
- A love of coffee, wine, berries, or other staining food items
- Lacking oral hygiene
- Certain medications
- Growing older
Seasoned athletes know to wear helmets, kneepads, and elbow guards while out on the court or field – but what about the teeth? On average, sports injuries result in five million teeth being avulsed (displaced from their socket) every year and around 600,000 emergency room visits for dental care, according to the CDC. Your smile is just as vulnerable to physical contact as the rest of the body, which is why wearing a mouthguard (also known as a “sportsguard”) is so important. Our team can create a custom-made appliance that provides a reliable level of quality, flexibility, and stability from game to game.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism (“teeth grinding”) is likely to lead to damaged teeth, chronic facial pain, and other unpleasant symptoms over time. Many patients struggle with these symptoms without realizing where exactly they’re originating from – this is because a majority of cases only occur at night during sleep. Our team will be sure to alert you if we discover worrisome damage during your next appointment. We can prescribe a custom-made nightguard that protects the rows of teeth while you rest comfortably until morning.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer claims one life every hour on average. Diagnosing this dangerous and even deadly condition at its earliest stages is absolutely crucial, and your experienced dentists in Englewood can assist you. We’ll perform an in-depth screening during your regular checkup, scanning the oral tissue for suspicious discoloration, sores, lumps, crusts, or other abnormalities that may suggest cancerous cells. If any particular area raises the alarm, we will help you take the next steps towards a proper diagnosis as soon as possible.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that benefits ongoing oral health. Regular exposure can strengthen tooth enamel, aid in the remineralization process against acid and sugar, and help to prevent cavities. While fluoride can be found all around us – in food, tap water, and oral hygiene products – many patients and families are still missing out on the full extent of its valuable benefits. At City Center Dental Group, we can provide fluoride applications during regular checkups and cleanings for patients of all ages.