Protecting Smiles with Preventive Dentistry in Spokane Valley
Most people will be in need of restorative or cosmetic care at some point in their lives, but if our team here at Spokane Family Smiles has our way, your smile will be just fine without them. Dr. Scott Shumway believes in the power of preventive dentistry, and with routine check-ups, refreshing cleanings, and other services designed to protect and strengthen your smile, we hope to help you avoid oral health problems and minimize any damage at its earliest stages. Contact our Spokane Valley, WA office today if you have any questions for our team, or if you’re ready to schedule your first visit. Families are always welcome!
Nightguards for Bruxism
Do you suffer from teeth that seem inexplicably damaged or worn down over time? Do you constantly experience jaw pain or headaches? These common symptoms can point towards bruxism (teeth grinding) or the even more serious TMJ disorder, both of which negatively affect oral health and overall quality of life. Here in Spokane Valley, we offer personalized nightguards to combat these symptoms. Patients simply need to wear the appliance while they sleep. The tough material should minimize the effects of the grinding and clenching and provide much-needed relief.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that cover the chewing surfaces of back teeth. These areas can be tricky for younger patients to clean effectively, and older patients may experience more cavities there as well. By painting a sealant into place, our team can guard teeth against the accumulation of food particles and bacteria minimizing the chances of decay later on. The application is quick and painless, and with proper care and maintenance, they last up to 10 years or more!
Tooth Sensitivity Treatment
Many patients each year tell us they avoid visiting the dentist because of the cost of care or dental anxiety, but many are surprised by the number of patients who avoid dental care because their teeth or gums are overly sensitive causing even the most routine dental examinations and cleanings to be painful. At Spokane Family Smiles, we offer patients treatment to prevent sensitivity during routine checkups and more advanced procedures, and we even offer at-home desensitizers or desensitizing oral health care product for daily use.
Advanced Fluoride Varnish
For those patients with teeth more susceptible to decay, we may recommend a topical advanced fluoride varnish. For young patients whose teeth and oral health care skills are still developing, this can be an essential way to keep smiles healthy and beautiful. For those adults who suffer from frequent decay, a fluoride varnish easily applied during a regular dental checkup allows us to help patients strengthen their tooth enamel. Topical fluoride attracts other minerals that strengthen smiles preventing decay.
If you or your loved one participates in a sport where it’s possible to come into direct contact with an object, a hard surface, or another person, helmets or kneepads may be used as protection – but what about your smile? Athletic injuries are commonly dental emergencies. At Spokane Family Smiles, our team recommends wearing a sportsguard for protection. While you could find any old one-size-fits-all option at athletic stores, Dr. Shumway provides a custom appliance that fits securely and feels great, allowing you to enjoy your time out on the field or court fully.