Preventive Care

Teeth Cleaning Is an Important Part of Care!

You can depend on Lifetime Smiles to make sure you have all the knowledge necessary to properly take care of your teeth and gums.

Dental Exams

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Zehnder at your initial visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist will likely include the following:

  • Oral cancer screening
  • Examination of X-rays
  • Gum disease evaluation
  • Examination of tooth decay
  • Examination of existing restorations

Panoramic X-ray

Panoramic X-rays are photographs of the teeth, jaws, and surrounding structures. They show a view you cannot obtain with the naked eye. In addition, they can show sinus problems. Panoramic X-rays are recommended to be taken every 3-5 years or sooner if problems arise.

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-Ray is the latest technology used to take dental X-rays. This uses an electronic sensor instead of an X-ray film. The image is instantly viewed on a monitor after it is taken. Digital X-rays reduce radiation by 80 to 90%.

Dental X-ray is a preventative, essential, diagnostic tool that provides valuable information about your teeth and the supporting structures around your teeth. Without X-rays, problems would go undetected.

X-rays can reveal:

  • Bone loss
  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Decay between teeth
  • Poor tooth and root positions
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line


A sealant is a plastic/resin coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars, premolars, and any teeth with deep grooves. These grooves are hard to clean, and as a result more than 75% of dental decay begins in the grooves of the teeth. Sealants can prevent problems down the road and can protect the teeth from decay for many years. Patients of all ages can benefit from sealants. Sealants are easily applied by your dentist, dental assistant, or dental hygienist. The process is simple and only takes a few minutes.


Identafi – Oral Cancer Screening Device

More people are being diagnosed with oral cancer than ever before. But surprisingly, research shows this increase is not due to the traditional risk factors of drinking, smoking and chewing tobacco. Rather, oral cancer is now being found in a younger population of men and women due to their exposure to HPV (Human Papillomavirus). That is why the Centers for Disease Control recommends that all patients over the age of 17 be screened annually for oral cancer. This painless procedure is recommended every two years and only takes a few minutes.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is known as nature’s cavity fighter. It is a naturally occurring mineral that helps prevent tooth decay by making the surface (enamel) of our teeth stronger and more resistant to cavities.

Sometimes the amount of fluoride we receive from food and water is not enough. If you have a history of decay, exposed and sensitive root surfaces, fair to poor oral hygiene, and/or have a diet high in sugary or acidic foods and drinks, your dentist may recommend an in office fluoride treatment or a prescription fluoride to help prevent cavitites or sensitivity.

Fluoride itself will not prevent tooth decay. It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and eat balanced meals. Reducing sugary snacks and visiting your dentist on a regular basis are also very important.

Professional Dental Cleaning

A professional dental cleaning is typically performed by the dental hygienist. In the absence of gum disease (periodontal disease) your cleaning appointment will likely include removal of tarter, removal of plaque, and teeth polishing. At your cleaning visit your hygienist will also review oral hygiene instructions and explain how to care for your teeth at home. Oral hygiene instructions may include tips on brushing and flossing properly as well as suggestions on what products may be best suited for your individual needs.

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