Preventive Dental Cleanings and Services in Spokane, WA

Our preventive services are set in place to help patients maintain or improve their current oral health status. Even with dedicated oral hygiene cleanings at home, bacterial plaque and tartar can deposit itself onto the teeth. By preventing gum disease from occurring, patients can keep their teeth longer and decrease their likelihood of developing systemic conditions that are linked with periodontal disease.

Prophylactic Cleanings

Preventive hygiene appointments are performed every six months for most healthy patients. We utilize ultrasonic scalers that gently remove deposits from the teeth and flush bacteria out from under the gum lines. A registered dental hygienist performs each hygiene appointment, and will work with patients and Dr. Love to create a customized Personal Dental Plan that addresses any areas of concern.

Dental Sealants

Placing a sealant over the chewing surfaces of newly developed permanent molars can help deter decay from developing in the deep grooves and fissures of the teeth. A sealant takes only a few minutes to apply, and requires no anesthesia. The teeth are gently conditioned before having the seal brushed over them, and the sealant is then cured using an ultraviolet light. Sealants make tooth-brushing more effective and prevent bacteria from reaching deep areas that cannot easily be cleaned.

Fluoride Varnish

Varnish is one of the newer ways to deliver fluoride onto the surfaces of teeth, and is found to be more effective than traditional gel application. Not only does varnish cling to the tooth longer, it can also be used on patients who suffer from sensitive teeth as an effective treatment.

Night Guards for Teeth Grinders

Clenching or grinding can cause significant, long-lasting damage to the teeth and the jaw joint. Many teeth grinders grind or clench at night and are not aware they are doing it, until they develop serious joint pain, migraine headaches, earaches and tooth sensitivity. Protecting the teeth at night is critical to preventing problems like significant tooth wear and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Night guards are often recommended for teeth grinders to act as a barrier between the upper and lower teeth and prevent damage to the teeth and jaw joints. Our night guards are custom created in a dental laboratory, based on the measurements and specifications of the individual patient, for superior fit and comfort. Other therapies, such as muscle massage, physical therapy, diet modifications and relaxation techniques, may be prescribed in addition to a night guard, to help reduce the pain and risks of chronic tooth grinding.

Athletic Mouth Guards

We encourage our patients to protect their teeth while playing sports (especially contact sports). A blow to the mouth during a football or hockey game can knock teeth out and cause additional damage to the tongue and lips. The best way to protect the mouth during sports is to wear a custom-fitted athletic mouth guard. Like our night guards, our athletic mouth guards are tailored to fit each patient perfectly. We recommend that anyone that plays hockey, football, soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse or wrestling, as well as those that participate in skateboarding, BMX bicycling, motocross and similar activities, be fitted for a custom athletic mouth guard at our practice.

Contact Dr. Ryan Love

For more information about the preventive cleanings and services available with Dr. Love, please call (509) 928-2525 or email our practice today.