Protect Your Teeth
Preventive Dentistry In Porters Neck
At Thrive Family Dental, Dr. Friberg focuses on preventive, conservative dentistry to keep your smile healthy and looking its best. Our goal is to promote the health of our community and develop meaningful relationships with our patients. During every preventive, routine visit, you’ll receive informative, patient-focused care and we will offer honest advice to help you make the best decisions for your dental health.
Hygiene & Cleanings
Routine cleanings and hygiene appointments are at the heart of preventive care. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning and oral exam. During these appointments, we’ll remove plaque and tartar buildup, which reduces your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Oral exams help us catch signs of decay, gum disease, and oral cancer early, and address them before they become more serious problems. Regular hygiene appointments safeguard your health and give you peace of mind, so schedule yours today!
Minor cases of tooth decay are characterized by a “soft spot” on your tooth where the enamel has weakened, but has not yet been destroyed. If you show signs of minor decay, Dr. Friberg will suggest a fluoride treatment to help reverse the issue and prevent the formation of a cavity. Fluoride treatments involve the application of a fluoride-rich paste that is painted onto your teeth. The high concentration of fluoride in this material encourages the remineralization and strengthening of your enamel.
Dental sealants consist of a special liquid dental resin that is “painted” onto your rear molars. This liquid hardens into a durable shield and prevents oral bacteria, acid, and food particles from contacting your teeth directly. By doing so, dental sealants help prevent cavities in the rear molars, which are often at high risk of decay. With proper placement and care, sealants can last 10 years or longer.
Proper periodontal care is essential for the prevention and reversal of gum disease. This dental health issue affects almost half of American adults, though many don’t even realize they suffer from gum disease. If you notice blood when you brush or floss, inflamed gums, or a receding gum line, these are signs that you should come in as soon as possible for periodontal care. We offer scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar from your gum line, and antibiotics to treat the infection.