Preventive Dentistry – Rochester, MN
How We Keep
Dentistry has become way more technologically advanced since our dental office first opened in 1948, but one thing has remained the same: a prevention-first approach is always the best way to keep patients smiling. By being proactive about our patients’ care, we can help them avoid pesky cavities and dental damage so they can enjoy healthy, problem-free smiles year after year. That way, everyone can spend less time in our dental office and more time living their lives! To schedule you or your child’s next biannual dental checkup and teeth cleaning, contact us today.
Why Choose Us for Preventive Dentistry?
- Trusted by Rochester families for more than 70 years
- Parents & children welcome
- 4 expert dentists all under one roof
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
Routine checkups and cleanings enable our team to keep a close eye on your dental health so we can catch and stop small problems before they can turn into larger ones. Dedicated cleanings remove plaque and tartar from hard to reach spots in your mouth, and a comprehensive exam will make sure your teeth and gums get the care they need at the earliest sign of trouble. We recommend that patients of all ages should attend a preventive appointment at least once every 6 months!
Some dentists only see adults while others specialize in treating children. At Gentling Dental Care, we can provide comprehensive services for your entire family, whether you have children with developing smiles or grandparents who are missing some of their teeth. Seeing one dentist for the whole family is extremely convenient; not only can everyone be treated on the same day under one roof, but we’ll be able to catch dental issues that could be passed down through your family and help you prepare for them.
Our dental office has been around for so long that many of our child patients are now bringing their own children (and grandchildren!) to come see us. Our team has experience serving children of all ages, and we’re able to provide the treatments growing smiles need at every stage of life. And, we’ll always go out of our way to ensure that both parents and children always have a pleasant and relaxing time at the dentist.
You’ll find fluoride added to most oral healthcare products, so you’ll, of course, find it in our dental office as well! Fluoride is able to quickly strengthen the enamel and make it more resistant to cavities on contact, so as part of your family’s regular checkups, we’ll conclude with a topical fluoride treatment. It only takes a minute or so, but it will give everyone another weapon in the fight against decay.
Your teeth are constantly being bombarded by plaque and bacteria, and the back teeth, with their rough and grooved surfaces, are the most likely to develop cavities because they can be pretty difficult to clean (particularly for children). With a dental sealant, however, we can cover these teeth with a thin and clear barrier of composite resin, effectively shielding them from anything that would cause harm. They only take minutes to apply and can easily last for a decade or more.
Nightguards for Bruxism
About 1 in 3 Americans unconsciously grind their teeth while they sleep, and this is what we call bruxism. For many, this is the source of worn down teeth, chronic headaches, and even persistent earaches that seem to come out of nowhere. If you need a little help getting past the grind, our team can provide you with a nightguard. This is a small appliance you’ll wear to bed that will stop your teeth from coming together while you sleep.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is actually very easy to miss during its earliest stages, so to ensure that our patients are able to get the care they need as fast as possible, we perform an oral cancer screening as part of every regular checkup. We examine the mouth for any growths, sores, or discolored patches of tissue that could indicate cancer, and if we find something, we’ll arrange for a biopsy to be taken right away.
Sleep Apnea Therapy
Do you or your partner snore frequently at night? Have others witnessed you gasping for air in your sleep as if you're choking? Do you feel tired, fatigued or struggle with brain fog? These signs and more are common symptoms of a serious condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Sleep apnea affects over 22 million US adults, and it's so much more than just snoring. Elevated blood pressure, increased risk for heart attack and/or stroke — even sudden death — can occur if OSA isn't treated and controlled properly. The good news? Treatment is simple, easy, safe and effective. Ask us today about Oral Appliance Therapy! An oral appliance is a device worn in the mouth while sleeping and keeps your airway open and unobstructed, helping promote more restful sleep eliminating longterm side-effects and health complications associated with OSA.