South Philadelphia
Preventive Dentist

Maintain a Healthy, Carefree Smile

General Dentistry in South Philadelphia

As experienced dentists in Philadelphia, Dr. Bill and Dr. Barnes take pride in helping all of our patients keep their smiles bright and healthy. From routine cleanings to fluoride treatments and sealants, we offer the care you need to keep your teeth and gums strong. Whether it has been six months or six years since your last dental appointment, book your next visit today!

Strengthen Teeth

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments are very beneficial for patients who are cavity-prone. Fluoride has the unique ability to remineralize teeth and strengthen enamel. By applying a concentrated fluoride fluid to your teeth, our dentists can help reverse the effects of early tooth decay (also known as soft spots). Fluoride treatments are typically performed as part of any six-month oral exam and cleaning, and it’s a great option for those who have a history of getting cavities.

Prevent Cavities

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are made of a strong, transparent dental resin. This resin is applied directly to your back teeth in a liquid form. Then, the resin is hardened using a UV light until it forms a durable, protective barrier. This barrier prevents bacteria, plaque, and acid from contacting your enamel, which prevents cavities from forming. Usually, sealants are only applied to the rear teeth since the large surface area and the natural pits and grooves of your molars make them more cavity-prone.

Exams for Peace of Mind

Oral Cancer Screenings

As part of our bi-annual exams, we will perform a comprehensive oral cancer screening for every patient. Using intraoral cameras, they will look for signs of oral cancer such as lesions, irregular patches of tissue, and other potential indicators. In the rare case that we discover a potential sign of cancer, this allows you to get the treatment you need right away and identify the issue as early as possible.

How often Should

I see my dentist?

As recommended by the ADA, you should go to the dentist every 6 months for regular dental cleanings and checkups, at the minimum. Some people who are more prone to developing cavities, who wear dentures, or have conditions like diabetes or dry mouth, may need to visit more frequently, such as every 3 to 4 months.

Regular dental cleanings and checkups catch warning signs of oral health problems early enough to reverse them, and the removal of plaque and tartar buildup prevents tooth decay and gum disease. 

Even when you believe you’re in good oral health and practice good oral hygiene at home, x-rays can tell another story of your tooth and gum health that isn’t necessarily seen visually. It’s also important to know that once plaque hardens into tartar, it cannot be removed at home. 

It requires professional cleaning by a dentist to remove tartar, which if left untreated, causes gum disease. Regular dental visits are all about early detection and prevention, which can save you a considerable amount of money on invasive dental treatments for oral health issues that

why do I need

to floss?

Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth when it comes to removing food particles and plaque. While brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste will remove plaque buildup and food particles from the front, back, and chewing surfaces of your teeth, they can’t reach between your teeth, where food particles are prone to get stuck. 

Leaving food particles behind in the mouth will increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque feeds off of sugars that are left behind in the mouth and converts them into acids which attack your tooth enamel and lead to cavities.

It’s important to first make sure you’re flossing once a day but it’s also important to consider when you floss. Believe it or not, flossing before you brush your teeth makes plaque removal more effective. When you floss after brushing your teeth, you’re more likely to leave some food particles behind on the surface of your teeth.

why do I need

x-rays taken?

X-rays are used to diagnose oral health problems that can not be seen by looking inside of the mouth with the human eye. While we may not spot any problems with the outward appearance of your teeth or gums, an x-ray can reveal issues below the surface, such as bone loss, an infection, or decay. 

X-rays are taken routinely about every 1-3 years as a preventative tool unless you go to a dentist that does not already have your x-rays on file or if you have suffered from dental trauma, have impacted wisdom teeth, or are presenting with other oral health symptoms that we would like to take a closer look at. 

X-rays may also be taken to determine if you have sufficient jaw bone density for certain restorative procedures such as dental implants or dental bridges.

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