Preventive Dentistry Heber City

Enjoy a Problem-Free Smile

While our team can fix any dental issue you can imagine, we know that most people would prefer to avoid having cavities, toothaches, and gum disease in the first place. That’s why we place such an emphasis on strong prevention here at TimberRidge Dental in Heber City. With the preventive dentistry services below and our experienced eyes, we’ll make sure any problems are treated early or prevented entirely so you can spend less time in the dental chair and more just enjoying your life.

Athletic Mouthguards

Football player with athletic mouthguard hanging from their helmet

The chances of a sports-related injury to the mouth and jaw are minimized by wearing a mouthguard. Athletic mouthguards are thin, flexible pieces of plastic that are placed in the mouth and over the teeth to protect them during any sports activity.

Deep Cleanings

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Also called scaling and root planing, this removes plaque and bacteria below the gums to prevent bone loss that can loosen teeth and complicate medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. Root scaling and planing is a necessary treatment for advanced gum disease.

Children’s Dentistry

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We recommend that we see our younger patients as soon as they turn two years old--we refer to these visits as “Happy Visits.” We will introduce them to the office and the tools needed for their cleanings.

Preventive Dentistry FAQs

How often do I actually need to visit the dentist?

Regular dental visits are important because they can help spot dental health problems early on when treatment is likely to be less invasive and more affordable. Regular visits also help prevent many problems from developing in the first place. Dr. May recommends a minimum of two visits per year.

How safe are dental X-rays?

Dental X-rays are very safe. The amount of radiation that a dental X-ray produces is less than what is produced by a cell phone. We recommend getting X-rays twice a year to detect cavities in the early stages.

What type of toothbrush should I use? How often should I replace my toothbrush?

Soft-bristled toothbrushes are best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth without injuring the teeth and gums. Small-headed brushes are also preferable since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth. Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3-4 months.

What happens during my first visit to the dental office?

The dentist or hygienist will ask about your recent medical history, examine your mouth, and decide what X-rays are best for you. Dr. May will evaluate your overall dental health and conduct an oral cancer screening. After your comprehensive exam, our office staff will present you with a custom treatment plan.

Is fluoride safe?

Yes, when taken in the appropriate doses. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to bacteria. Fluoride can also help reverse cavities in the early stages.