Learn More About Regular Cleaning and Exams

We understand life in Raleigh can get pretty busy. That doesn’t mean your child should ever skip things that are vital to their dental health. Having regular cleanings and exams are dentistry essentials everyone should always make time for.

Why You Need Regular Cleanings and Exams

Over time, tartar and plaque build up between teeth as we eat meals and go about our daily lives. If this buildup is not cleaned, it can begin to cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Having a dentist carefully examine your child’s teeth and gums can prevent possible dental issues from progressing. The dentist takes periodic x-rays to help identify cavities and is also able to identify other potential problems during your child’s visit.

Dental Anxiety

A common reason for people to avoid getting regular cleanings and exams is a fear of the dentist. We work very hard to make our office a comfortable and inviting environment and work with children and teens to overcome any fears during their visit.

Fluoride Treatments

Healthy Smiles in Raleigh is dedicated to providing as many resources as possible to our patients to maintain their oral health. One such resource we stand behind is fluoride treatments.

The Benefits of Fluoride

It’s now well-accepted that fluoride has a beneficial impact on teeth. Sugars and bacteria can demineralize teeth leading them to decay. Teeth can actually remineralize, and fluoride is a key element that strengthens them.

Water in most cities has added fluoride, and although beneficial, it is not in concentrations that constitute a full treatment. A highly concentrated amount of fluoride given safely in a dentist's office can have a protective effect that can last many years.


Giving Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments can be done in a number of ways. The most effective fluoride treatment is fluoride varnish that is applied directly to the teeth. There are also trays with fluoride that can be applied directly to the teeth as a gel.

Please inquire with us to learn more. Fluoride is a very useful tool to fight against tooth decay. Periodic treatments can go a long way. Children can receive an especially significant benefit if their teeth are strengthened with fluoride treatments while they are young to prevent tooth decay.