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At Dentistry by Design, we recommend that certain procedures be performed at regular dental visits as part of your proper dental hygiene. This preventative dentistry prevents problems before they start, corrects routine problems before they worsen, and identifies serious oral problems so they can be properly treated.

Professional Teeth Cleanings
Regular teeth cleanings by Dr. Bret Gilsdorf or our dental hygienist are part of a proper oral hygiene program. Cleanings help fight plaque, the major cause of tooth decay, gingivitis and serious gum disease.

Fluoride treatments
Fluoride treatments are an extra layer of protection for your teeth.

Tooth Decay Prevention
The best tooth decay prevention is to floss and brush your teeth twice a day, especially after meals or snacks.

Gum Disease Treatment
Gum Disease Treatment, Dr. Gilsdorf or one of our dental hygienist will give your teeth a thorough cleaning above and below the gums.

Dental Exams
Regular dental exams are a crucial part of preventative dentistry because they allow Dr. Gilsdorf to address dental problems in their early stages, and to identify serious problems. Most people need an exam every six months, but Dr. Gilsdorf may recommend more frequent visits depending on your circumstances.

Polishing is often the last step of a dental cleaning, scaling, and some restorative procedures. It smooths and polishes teeth or restoration surface and removes some stains.

X-rays take pictures called radiographs that show Dr. Gilsdorf the interior of dental structures and tissues, like teeth, gums and bones. These allow Dr. Gilsdorf to make a more thorough examination than is possible with the naked eye, and can help spot problems that would otherwise go undetected and untreated.