Preventive Care in Cookeville, TN

The Importance of Preventive Care

Keep Your Smile Healthy

Preventive care in Cookeville is essential for a healthy smile. With regular six-month visits at Dogwood Family Dental, Dr. Taylor can track your oral health and well-being, help you avoid common issues like cavities and gum disease, and take action right away if she notices an issue. This saves you time, money, and stress. Contact us to book an appointment today.

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Cleanings & Oral Exams

Maintaining Your Smile

Teeth cleanings and oral exams form the foundation of preventive dental care. To begin your appointment, one of our hygienists will gently clean plaque and tartar away from your teeth, polish them to a shine, and floss your mouth to remove any remaining debris. Then, Dr. Taylor will examine your mouth and make sure it’s healthy! X-rays may also be taken to look for signs of hidden oral health issues.

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Fluoride Treatments

Strengthen Your Teeth

Fluoride treatments use a fluoride-rich varnish that is painted directly onto your teeth after your oral exam. The fluoride contained in this thin layer of liquid helps attract minerals to your teeth, strengthening them and reversing the effects of minor decay. This keeps your smile healthy and bright, and ensures you have a lower risk of developing cavities.

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Prevent Cavities

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are the best option for cavity-prone patients of all ages who want to avoid future cavities. This treatment involves using a special type of transparent plastic resin. Dr. Taylor will apply this material to your teeth in a liquid form, and then harden it using a special UV light. The resin reacts by turning into a solid, hard barrier. This barrier, in turn, prevents cavities from forming. This is because it stops acid, bacteria, and food particles from contacting your teeth directly. When properly applied, sealants can protect your teeth for up to a decade.

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Diagnosing Gum Disease

Dr. Taylor is an expert at identifying and treating gum disease. The most common signs of early-stage gum disease (gingivitis) include bleeding when brushing, bad breath (halitosis), gum swelling and inflammation, gum discoloration, and gum recession that makes your teeth look longer. If you notice these signs, come and see Dr. Taylor for an appointment in Cookeville right away.

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Deep Cleaning (Scaling & Root Planing)

This treatment is usually the best choice for minor-to-moderate gum disease. In a deep cleaning, Dr. Taylor will use special dental tools to clean between the teeth and gums, removing tartar and plaque, and treating your tooth roots to reduce bacteria buildup. This treatment is done on one half of your mouth at a time, so you will need to come in for two appointments at Dogwood Family Dental.

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Periodontal Maintenance

Depending on your case, you may need to come and see Dr. Taylor every three months for periodontal maintenance. This is sort of like a “mini” deep cleaning, where Dr. Taylor will remove plaque and tartar and ensure your gums are healthy and your gum disease is not getting worse.