Preventative Dental Care
Oral Exams and Cleanings
At Burns Dental Group, the Burns, Oregon dentists and staff recommend that each patient visit our office for regularly scheduled appointments for oral examinations, teeth cleaning, oral cancer screening and digital x-rays as needed.
Digital x-rays are used at Burns Dental Group to provide state of the art care for patients of all ages. Digital x-rays are environmentally friendly and allow the dentists and staff to see what’s happening with your teeth and gums instantly.
The dentists and staff at Burns Dental recommend fluoride to strengthen your enamel and make teeth more resistant to decay. We provide fluoride varnish which is painted on tooth surfaces. When using fluoride toothpaste, “spit don’t rinse” your mouth. This technique leaves fluoride on your teeth, especially when used at night.
Food particles and plaque collect in the grooves of your teeth that often cannot be reached by regular brushing and flossing. In these cases, sealants can be applied to the surfaces of teeth, effectively sealing the deep grooves and protecting tooth enamel from plaque and resulting decay.
At Burns Dental Group, we can provide this procedure in one visit. A tooth-colored acrylic coating is painted onto the surface of the tooth. Generally, sealants take only a few minutes to apply, wear well under ordinary circumstances, and can last several years before a reapplication is needed. Sealants are recommended for newly-erupted teeth in ages 6 to 8 years old as well as for prevention of cavities in adult teeth. It is very important to get tooth sealants applied in a controlled dental office environment.
For more details on preventative dental care treatment and services, go to the Academy of General Dentistry at www.agd.org/. Call Burns Dental Group at 541-573-7778 to schedule your personalized appointment.