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7200 Bristlewood Drive, Boardman, OH 44512

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Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry and dental hygiene.

One of the best ways to promote long term dental health is to start examinations and care at an early age. We can learn a lot about your child's dental health and development by examining their primary teeth. We can also determine whether the teeth and gums are getting necessary nutrients which sometimes indicate dietary or digestive problems.

We can begin therapeutically safe fluoride treatments, which help mineralize the enamel, making teeth harder and more resistant to caries (cavities). A very effective but underutilized preventative procedure is the application of dental sealants to teeth (see photo below), particularly the six and twelve year molars where deep grooves and pits are prone to early decay.

Why this is important:

An important part of dental hygiene and preventive dentistry is Patient Education.

Each child’s need is different and we will make our recommendations based on your child’s specific requirements. The application of sealants is a very simple non-invasive procedure that seals out decay and is tolerated well by most all children. When we do have to place a filling because of decay, we use either our quiet electric headpieces, or a laser to make it as calming and easy on the child as possible.

Naturally, the earlier we detect the problem, the less invasive the restorative therapy. With the use of metal free white fillings we make the restoration match the original tooth color which encourages kids to take better care of them.

Even with the greatest precautions, dental emergencies arise. Children start getting their permanent front teeth at approximately 6 years of age. These teeth appear large at this awkward age and usually take the brunt of most falls and bumps on the head. Rest assured that most of the accidents can be treated. Please refer to our emergency page if ever the need arises.

A very effective but underutilized preventative procedure is the application of dental sealants to teeth.

One of the best ways to promote long term dental health is to start examinations and care at an early age.

We can learn a lot about your child's dental health and development by examining their primary teeth. We can also determine whether the teeth and gums are getting necessary nutrients which sometimes indicate dietary or digestive problems. We can begin therapeutically safe fluoride treatments, which help mineralize the enamel, making teeth harder and more resistant to caries (cavities). A very effective but underutilized preventative procedure is the application of dental sealants to teeth, particularly the six and twelve year molars where deep grooves and pits are prone to early decay.

Fluoride has been shown to significantly improve the mineralization of tooth enamel, especially when applied topically via fluoride rinses, fluoride gels and in fluoridated drinking water. While internal consumption of fluorides (such as occur in drinking water) may help, this is dependent on keeping the level below that which causes dental fluorosis. This is not a case of "where some is good, more is better.”

Dentists are famous for saying "Avoid sweets". Realistically children (and all people) seek out sugars and carbohydrates ("starches") as part of the bodies natural effort to provide itself with ready energy. So let's look at this more practically. Sugars and carbohydrates promote bacterial growth, which has the byproduct of producing a more acidic environment around teeth and gums. This “acid bath” eats away at the enamel. So, the most important thing that can be done is to rinse away the sugars and the resultant acids. Brushing is best, but when brushing is not readily available, thorough rinsing is the next best thing.

Preventive Dentistry: The earlier we detect the problem, the less invasive the procedure.

The earlier we detect the problem, the less invasive the restorative procedure!

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Did you know?

If you are a new patient, or if you have not been seen by Dr. Perrott for a while, you can considerably shorten your visit at our office by filling-in all the necessary medical forms online. It is quick, easy and secure! Please go to our On-line Forms Section, and take care of all necessary paperwork before your visit. Go-To Medical Forms

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Dental Emergencies

Our office offers 24 hr emergency care for patients of record who have been seen in our office for regular preventive care within the last 18 months.

If you have an emergency that cannot wait until the office reopens, call the Medical/Dental bureau at 330-742-7769. They will make every attempt to reach myself or a covering doctor. 

 Some simple emergency home care treatments, listed HERE, can be tried until our office is reached. Please use common sense though.

If you have facial swelling or any difficulty swallowing call the Med/Dent Bureau and /or go to a local emergency room or care center immediately.

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