Dental Cleanings and Prevention in Fishers, IN

If you want your smile to shine brightly and remain healthy for years to come, then being proactive in your dental care is essential. Teeth are constantly exposed to harmful bacteria and continuously used to digest food, so keeping a close eye on them is necessary.

Dowden Family Dentistry provides diligent preventive dental care to preserve the natural beauty and function of your smile. With meticulous cleanings and thorough exams, Dr. Roderick Dowden and his caring team keep your oral health in optimal condition.


Top 3 FAQs about Dental Cleanings and Prevention

Visiting our dentist every six months for routine dental care is essential for your oral health. Below are common questions Dr. Dowden and his team often answer during prevention appointments.

Why Do I Need to Visit My Dentist Every Six Months?

Biannual dental cleanings and exams are vital for keeping track of your oral health. Routine exams help educate you about the importance of oral hygiene and helps you stay informed about your care.

Cleanings allow us to reach the hard-to-get areas of your smile, keeping plaque and decay away. Exams help our team spot early warning signs of potential oral health issues and treat them before they develop into serious concerns.

During dental exams, our dentist will:

  • Check your teeth from top to bottom for damage, wear, and decay
  • Check your gums for signs of infection or periodontal pockets
  • Examine any existing restorations for damage or wear
  • Evaluate your bite and jaw for problems
  • Check your neck for swollen lymph nodes
  • Possibly take a series of x-rays

During your exam, our team will ask about your overall health and medications you’re taking. We may also counsel you about your diet, use of tobacco products, and other lifestyle factors that can impact your oral health.

No. Your dental cleanings and exams should not hurt. You may feel some pressure and sensitivity, but you should not feel any pain. If you are anxious about your appointment, talk to us so that we can tailor your treatment to help you feel more relaxed.

Dental Exams for Early Detection and Intervention

With digital and panoramic x-rays, Dr. Dowden receives an overview of your oral health. This technology allows us to detect dental conditions such as:

  • Tooth Decay 
  • Periodontal disease
  • Tumors or oral cancer
  • Impacted teeth
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder

Digital x-rays can be shared on a computer screen with you to help make informed decisions about your dental care. The high-quality images also make early intervention easy and help you avoid more complex dental care in the future. These x-rays are easily stored, allowing Dr. Dowden to use them as a baseline to detect ongoing changes in your oral health. Digital x-rays also use 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays, making them a healthy choice.

Dental Hygiene Visits for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Routine dental care also includes treatment by a dental hygienist. Even if you have disciplined habits at home, a professional cleaning is indispensable to dental health. Bacteria grow in hard to reach corners of the mouth and only the special tools of a hygienist can effectively remove them. When plaque calcifies into tartar, it stubbornly sticks to teeth and, if left untreated, can cause gum disease.

With routine cleanings and the deep cleanings of tooth scaling and root planning, a dental hygienist can protect your teeth and prevent tooth loss. An abrasive paste is also used to gently remove tooth stains, and fluoride treatments re-mineralize tooth enamel, shielding teeth from potential cavities.

Dr. Roderick Dowden Provides Outstanding Preventive Care

Dowden Family Dentistry believes the more you know, the better your dental health will be. Therefore, they take ample time to educate you on practices and techniques that help maintain healthy smiles. Serving patients in Fishers and surrounding communities, Dr. Dowden and his dedicated team want to help your smile last a lifetime. Call their team today for comprehensive exams and meticulous cleanings!



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