To enjoy truly exceptional oral health, regular care is extremely important. But what exactly does “regular care” entail? First and foremost, it means following a good homecare routine. We recommend brushing at least two times a day and flossing at least once.
Just as important are routine preventive exams and cleanings with White Clay Dental Associates. But regular checkups are just the beginning of what we offer as an office committed to preventive care. You’ll also find services like dental sealants, nightguards, and custom-made athletic mouthguards. Each of these is designed to provide our patients with effective protection from injury and tooth decay.
Would you like to reserve an appointment with our Newark, DE dental office? Contact us today to speak with one of our helpful team members.
Patients of all ages should be attending at least two dental checkups and cleanings each year, or one per every six months. These professional visits are so important because they give our team the valuable opportunity to better understand your current oral health needs and draw attention to any concerning symptoms or damage in its earliest stages. Our dentists will perform a comprehensive evaluation, using digital X-rays to view every aspect of your smile in full detail, including each individual tooth, the gum tissue, the bite, any existing restorations, and more.
Additionally, we will want to remove harmful accumulations of plaque and tartar through a dedicated cleaning with one of our talented hygienists. This will help patients better avoid the development of tooth decay and periodontal disease over time – and you’ll be able to leave our office with a smile that feels nicely polished, too!
While the threat of oral cancer may not be as widely discussed as periodontal disease or tooth decay, its presence can have truly devastating effects on your quality of life. In fact, studies show that only half of diagnosed patients go on to live five more years! That’s why it’s our goal to identify oral cancer at the earliest possible stage.
Our screening process will allow us to find areas of cancerous cells in the mouth that aren’t visible to the naked eye. Certain habits can lead to a much more likely diagnosis of oral cancer in the future, including smoking and heavy drinking. However, it’s important to remember that in nearly 25% of cases of oral cancer, the patient participated in no risk factors whatsoever. That’s why it’s crucial for all adults to undergo a screening at our office at least once a year.
Just like adults, children need to see a dentist for routine exams and cleanings. At White Clay Dental Associates, we’re delighted to offer pediatric care to young patients in and around the Newark, DE area. If it’s been more than six months since your child’s last exam, or if your family is new to the area, don’t hesitate to give our office a call to schedule a visit for your son or daughter. We love helping young patients create beautiful smiles.
Over time, plaque and tartar can accumulate below your gum line. If this has happened to you, we can help you clean and smooth these areas. This process is known as scaling and root planing. If plaque and tartar aren't removed, the area below your gum line can easily become irritated and cause significant trouble for your smile. Have you experienced any inflammation in your gums or bleeding when you brush? Having Newark dentists, Dr. Bond or Dr. Ganfield, check this area is very important.