You and your family members are probably busy enough as it is, and nothing ruins someone’s schedule more than having to fix an unexpected dental problem. That’s why Dr. Alhamdi takes a more proactive approach to dental care, focusing mostly on prevention. By coming to see him just twice a year, he can help you and your entire household stay cavity-free, ensuring every trip to the dentist is on YOUR terms. If it’s been a while since you or your child’s last checkup, be sure to call us today.
Whether a patient is 5 or 95, one of the best things they can do to avoid serious oral health problems is receive a checkup and cleaning once every six months. That’s all it takes for Dr. Alhamdi to catch any decay or infections during their earliest stages and take care of them before they cause more serious (and costly) issues. Patients will also enjoy a refreshing cleaning that will remove harmful plaque and tartar from the teeth and leave their smile feeling porcelain smooth.
The overwhelming majority of people will develop cavities on their back teeth at one point or another, and this is especially a problem for young children who haven’t learned how to effectively brush yet. With dental sealants, however, we can literally place an invisible barrier over these vulnerable teeth using a clear composite resin, blocking any bacteria, acids, or food particles from damaging the enamel. They only take minutes to apply but can easily last for 10 years.
Daily stress causes a lot of people to grind their teeth while they sleep, which can actually wear them down and cause them to crack and break over time. This condition is called bruxism, and it affects about one in three Americans, including children! To make sure a patient is able to rest easy and keep their teeth safe, Dr. Alhamdi can give them a custom-made nightguard. This small oral appliance fits over each row of teeth and prevents them from coming together during the night, leading to better mornings and brighter smiles.
Playing sports is beneficial for people of all ages, but no matter the game or skill of the players, dental injuries are always a looming risk. Fortunately, Dr. Alhamdi can largely eliminate it by providing children and adult athletes with custom-made mouthguards. Designed to fit each particular patient, they allow for easy breathing and speaking while also offering better protection than any appliance you’ll find online or at the store.
Our team performs thorough oral cancer screenings during every checkup to ensure this potentially deadly disease is caught and treated as early as possible. To aid us in this effort, we use the OralID light, which actually causes potentially cancerous tissues to illuminate that would normally be hidden from the naked eye. If we find anything concerning during a patient’s exam, we can help them get the follow-up care they need right away, maximizing their chances of recovery.
You don’t have to look too hard to find fluoride. It’s added to most toothpaste and public water sources, and we also use it here every day to help our patients avoid pesky cavities. At someone’s regular checkup, we can briefly coat their teeth with a highly-concentrated fluoride paste to fortify their enamel and make it more resistant to decay. This is excellent for younger patients who are still learning how to brush, and it can also be a big help for adults who are prone to developing cavities.
Professional dental care is especially important for children because their enamel doesn’t fully harden until age 14, meaning they are very susceptible to cavities. Dr. Alhamdi can provide gentle exams to ensure your favorite smile stays happy and healthy as the years go by, and we’ll quickly address any decay or damage that pops up along the way. Our entire team will work to ensure your child feels comfortable at every appointment. We’re parents, too, so we’ll make sure your time with us is always stress-free!
Lip-ties and tongue-ties are issues where a patient’s oral function is inhibited by a short or thick frenulum, which is a small band of tissue connected to each of these structures. This can prevent someone (usually a child) from eating, speaking, or even breathing comfortably, but thankfully, our team is able to help. With a dental laser, we can painlessly snip or loosen a troublesome frenulum in such a way that even the youngest patient won’t shed a tear.