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Preventive Dentistry

Keeps Your Smile Protected

As you probably know, preventing a problem from developing in the first place is much easier than simply fixing it later, and that’s exactly the approach we take here at Premier Care Dental in Grants Pass. With the services outlined below, we’ll be able to keep your smile looking great and feeling even better as well as stop many dental issues before they even begin. With regular checkups and cleanings twice a year, we’ll make sure the last thing you ever have to worry about is your smile. To schedule your next appointment, please contact us today.

Checkups & Cleanings

Smiling woman in dental chair

If you’re looking to achieve a strong, healthy, and beautiful smile, checkups and cleanings are two of the most important things to help get you there. With just two easy appointments every year, we’ll be able to protect your teeth from decay, cavities, make sure existing dental work is in good shape, and treat small issues quickly so they don’t turn into bigger (and more expensive!) problems later.

With a dental cleaning, one of our excellent hygienists will use sophisticated tools to remove any and all plaque that has accumulated on your teeth and gums. These cleanings are essential even if you practice consistent oral hygiene every day because they are able to target those areas in your mouth that your brush and floss simply can’t reach at home.

Also during your regular appointments, Dr. Barratt will perform a comprehensive oral exam where he’ll look at your teeth, gums, dental work, and jaw to make sure everything is in good shape. If he sees the need for an additional treatment, he will go over all of your options so you can easily choose the one that best suits you and your smile.

Periodontal Therapy

Senior man in dental chair talking to dentist

Right now, gum disease is the most prominent dental problem in the entire world, and it’s even the leading cause of tooth loss! Some research estimates that as much as 80% of the population currently has a mild form of it and doesn’t even know. It’s especially common amongst older Americans due to the side effects of medications, particularly dry mouth. This oral infection can damage your teeth, gums, and even the neighboring bone, so whenever you come to see us, we’ll keep a close eye on your gums to make sure you’re gum disease free. If we spot an issue, we’ll quickly be able to use periodontal therapy to handle it.

In most cases, this will involve what is called a scaling and root planing treatment. Think of it like a regular dental cleaning that is focused just on your gums. For scaling, your hygienist will use an ultrasonic cleaner to clear away any plaque and tartar located around your gum line, and then root planing will be used to gently smooth out the rough surfaces of your teeth’s roots. This will make plaque less likely to gather on them and therefore reduce your chances of redeveloping gum disease in the future.

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Oral Cancer Screening

Woman receiving oral cancer screening

This year alone, nearly 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer, and many will not survive the next five years simply because the disease was caught too late. Fortunately, oral cancer is very treatable when detected early, which is exactly why Dr. Barratt recommends that everyone should have at least one oral cancer screening every year (especially those who use tobacco). He can perform one as part of your regular checkup for your convenience. It only takes a few minutes, but it literally could be the few minutes that saves your life.

Fluoride Treatment

Closeup of healthy smile

You’ve likely heard of fluoride before. It’s a natural mineral that helps strengthen the teeth against tooth decay and cavities, which is why it’s found in most toothpastes and public water sources. To give your smile an extra bit of protection between appointments, we can provide you a topical fluoride treatment at the end of your regular checkups. It’s quick, it’s painless, and it will help your smile stay cavity-free until we’re able to see you again!