BEL DRIVE DENTAL
At Bel Drive Dental, we provide care for all ages. Family dentistry is focused on maintaining healthy smiles and preventing complications. If you and your family are in need of professional dental services, we can help!
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a routine check-up at least twice a year. For our team here at Bel Drive Dental, teeth cleanings are an important aspect of dental hygiene and protection. During regular check-ups with our dentists, you will find teeth cleanings being incorporated to remove any buildup of plaque.
We highly recommend that our patients receive two dental exams per year. During an exam, our dentists will address your concerns as well as check for tooth decay or gum disease. Preventative care is the key to a healthy, natural smile.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screening involves a couple of examination procedures that are aimed at identifying any signs of cancer or precancerous lesions in your mouth. Often, by the time any kind of cancer fully manifests itself, it is in a developed stage that leaves little chance of getting cured, which is why it's so important to make regular visits to the dentist.
Dentistry for Kids
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a routine check-up up roughly twice a year for children. For our team here at Bel Drive Dental, teeth cleanings are an important aspect of dental hygiene and protection. During regular check-ups with our dentist, you will find teeth cleanings being incorporated to remove any buildup of plaque. Dr. Nielsen and the team love to see kids! We even have a No Cavity Club!
Sealants provide an extra layer of protection against tooth decay for both kids and adults. Dentist sealants act as a barrier protecting enamel against plaque and acids and are applied to the chewing surfaces of premolars and molars. Although silicone sealants offer extra protection against tooth decay, they do not replace brushing and flossing. Our dentists can easily apply dental sealants in minutes and they usually last several years before needing to be reapplied.
Scaling and Root Planing
As bacteria in your mouth forms a sticky film (plaque) on teeth and gums, if not removed, this film will harden into a crust (tartar, also called calculus). A buildup of plaque and tartar can cause periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can lead to toothaches, gum damage, bone loss and even tooth loss. Scaling and root planing is a special type of cleaning done by a dentist or dental hygienist. This deep cleaning teeth treatment comfortably removes plaque and tartar and will restore the health of your teeth and gums.
Dental scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar from below your gum line. This gum disease treatment controls the growth of harmful bacteria. It also helps gums re-attach firmly to the teeth. Because this procedure goes deeper than a regular cleaning, your mouth will be numbed. The scaling and dental root planing normally takes two visits to complete. Three weeks later your mouth is re-evaluated and polished. Periodontal disease patients are placed on a maintenance schedule where they are seen 3 or 4 times a year.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found in many of our foods and beverages. It is also a useful tool in fighting tooth decay. Every day, our teeth lose and gain minerals through the processes of demineralization and remineralization. If the process of demineralization exceeds that of remineralization tooth decay will occur.
Professional fluoride treatment allows us to supplement the process of remineralization and prevent potential decay. It can even reverse minor instances of decay. Fluoride treatment is particularly beneficial for patients at a greater risk of tooth decay, such as children, teens, and seniors.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Periodontal disease is the result of an infection in the gum tissues, connective ligaments, and eventually bone.
The disease is characterized by gums that are red, swollen, and tend to bleed during brushing and flossing. Luckily, periodontal disease is easy to prevent and treat if it is caught early enough. If we notice signs of advanced periodontal disease, we may recommend a scaling and root planing procedure. The goal is to return your gums to a pink, healthy state.
Bel Drive Dental can provide quality periodontal maintenance services, giving you a deep clean that controls inflammation and treats active disease. Periodontal maintenance is a teeth cleaning procedure that is usually performed on patients who have gum disease.
If you participate in physical sports or activities that put you at risk for dental trauma or injury, we strongly recommend the use of a mouthguard. A mouthguard will protect your teeth and in most cases, prevent dental emergencies.
If you suffer from teeth grinding, we may recommend using a night guard. Many patients with bruxism (teeth grinding) tend to grind their teeth while they are sleeping. A night guard acts as a barrier that prevents enamel wear.