Our Preventive & Family Dental Services Are For Patients of All Ages
Whether our patient is a child, an adult or a centennial, preventive treatment is always the important foundation of our dental care approach here at Dupont Family Dentistry. Our doctors and staff members want to help you both achieve and maintain your healthiest, happiest smile over the years, and we can do so with in-depth checkups, refreshing cleanings and other valuable treatment options. We look forward to meeting you and your entire family here in DuPont, WA. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule your first appointment or if you have any questions about our available services.
Checkups & Cleanings
It is generally recommended that children and adults alike have at least one checkup and cleaning every six months. There are circumstances where our doctors are likely to recommend more frequent appointments, such as if a patient is experiencing periodontal disease or excessive oversensitivity to tooth decay. Our goal is to fully understand your smile’s current health needs during these visits, which is why our doctors will inspect each tooth, your gums, your jaw, your resting bite, any current restorations and review your medical history. We will also use digital X-rays to clearly locate and identify any concerns that are not immediately visible. After these processes are complete, we can start planning treatment with your input on desires.
We strongly recommend that patients also undergo a cleaning during their routine appointments that will remove decay-causing plaque and hardened tartar from the teeth and gums. By eliminating these harmful products at regular intervals, we can help you maintain a stronger, healthier smile overall.
Our practice is meant to be your entire family’s oral healthcare home, including its youngest members. Parents can rest assured that we have plenty of experience when it comes to caring for children. Many of our staff are mothers and our whole team projects a gentle and friendly atmosphere that will help your son or daughter feel right at home. We treat all age groups, including infants, toddlers, school-age children, teenagers and young adults.
Dental sealants are a simple but valuable preventive service that can help patients prevent cavities in the harder-to-reach areas of their mouth. Our team will paint the sealant in place over the chewing surfaces of molars, sealing these areas shut so that it is more difficult for food and decay-causing bacteria to accumulate there and cause damage. Sealants should function properly for multiple years, and our doctors will be sure to inspect them at each six month appointment to determine whether they need to be replaced or not for optimal protection.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism/teeth grinding is a very common health problem that affects many children and adults alike. Untreated cases can result in gradual dental damage, painful headaches, chronic jaw discomfort and other frustrating symptoms. That is why our doctors want to treat the problem as soon as possible in its development and a personalized oral appliance can often be the right solution. All the patient needs to do is wear the appliance while sleeping and it should protect teeth from damaging contact and create a more comfortable resting position for the jaw.
The TMJs (temporomandibular joints) have the important job of connecting your lower jawbone to the skull. This means that you could not speak, eat or laugh properly without them in place. Unfortunately, TMJ disorder can occur over time for a number of reasons such as a severe injury to the jaw or the presence of arthritis. If you are experiencing chronic facial pain or severe headaches that are related to your TMJ health, our doctors can review your condition and recommend effective therapy for the problem.
If you or your child loves playing sports that involve physical contact with hard objects or other players, it is important to wear a custom-made sportsguard to protect your teeth from potential harm. We recommend our high-quality, custom-made models as a significant improvement over the “one-size-fits-all” devices that can be found at the local athletics store. The patient will be able to breathe easier, move their jaw comfortably and speak to other players while wearing the mouth guard, making their experience on the court or field much more positive overall.
Oral Cancer Screenings
We consider oral cancer screenings to be a vital part of every routine checkup for the sake of our patients’ ongoing health and quality of life. During this process, one of our doctors will carefully review your mouth, tongue, gum tissue, lips, neck and overall face for any suspicious indications of possible cancerous lesions. The earlier oral cancer is identified, the greater chances are that you will be able to make a full recovery from the condition.
Fluoride is a valuable mineral that can be found in many foods and natural water sources. In fact, most communities across the United States have chosen to introduce fluoride to their water supplies. This is because research has shown over the years that regularly drinking fluoridated water can result in stronger, healthier teeth that suffer fewer instances of decay. During your family’s routine checkups, our team members can provide professional fluoride treatment if we determine that you could benefit from additional treatment.