Preventive Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry

Our main focus at McDowell Dentistry of Goodyear is on prevention, ensuring early detection and intervention to maintain healthy teeth and gums. From thorough exams and X-rays to professional cleanings and advanced treatments such as full mouth debridement and scaling and root planing, our dedicated team is committed to providing comprehensive care.

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While our expertise spans from dental implants to teeth whitening and various cosmetic dentistry enhancements, we also prioritize preventative care as a cornerstone of our practice. Our team of experienced dentists is dedicated to providing personalized care to optimize your dental well-being. It’s our mission to safeguard your oral health, prevent dental problems, and ensure that your smile remains vibrant and problem-free for years to come.

Experience proactive dental care that prioritizes your well-being and helps you achieve a healthy, radiant smile. Schedule a general dentistry appointment with us now!


Exam and X-Rays

Exam and X-ray examinations provide valuable information that helps Dr. Ayoub evaluate your oral health. With the help of X-rays, Dr. Ayoub can look at what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. Radiographs allow our same-day dentists to see hidden abnormalities, like tooth decay, infections, and signs of gum disease.

How often X-rays should be taken depends on the patient's oral health, age, risk of disease, and any signs and symptoms of oral disease a patient may be experiencing. For example, children may require X-rays more often than adults because their teeth are more likely affected by tooth decay.

Cleanings/Adult Prophylaxis (Cleanings)

Cleanings/Adult prophylaxis is commonly called an annual teeth cleaning and should be performed every six months. It is a preventive dental service that includes scaling and polishing of the teeth to remove plaque, calculus, and stains above the gumline. It also reduces gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums that may cause bleeding.


Full Mouth Debridement

Full Mouth Debridement is a very thorough deep cleaning that is typically needed if you have an excessive buildup of calculus or have some form of gingivitis or periodontitis. That is because the significant accumulations may obstruct a thorough oral examination.

The intensive cleaning process is typically recommended for individuals who have not had regular dental cleanings in several months or years, leading to severe tartar accumulation. This makes it challenging for the dentist to conduct a detailed evaluation of the oral health condition. This general dentistry option from our offices in Arizona gives patients a clean slate for subsequent dental treatments and establishes a foundation for ongoing oral care maintenance.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is the most common and conservative form of treatment for periodontal (gum) disease. Scaling is the removal of calculus (commonly called tartar) and plaque that attach to the tooth surfaces. The process especially targets the area below the gum line, along the root. Plaque is a sticky substance, full of bacteria, that forms on teeth. When plaque hardens over time, it is called calculus. Plaque is more likely to stick to rough surfaces. For this reason, the root surface is made smooth in a process called root planing. Root planing removes any remaining calculus and smoothes irregular areas of the root surface.


Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance is an ongoing program designed to prevent disease in the gum tissues and bone supporting your teeth. Regular dental cleanings are conducted every six months; however, periodontal maintenance requires more frequent check-ups and cleanings, every three months.

Individuals with a history of periodontal disease or those prone to gum inflammation may require more frequent professional cleanings to manage their condition effectively. This increased frequency of annual teeth cleanings also allows for closer monitoring of oral health status, early detection of potential concerns, and prompt intervention to maintain healthy gums and prevent further damage. If you’re worried about the health of your teeth, contact McDowell Dentistry of Goodyear now for preventive dentistry!

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments you receive in Dr. Ayoub’s office have more fluoride than over-the-counter fluoride mouthwash or toothpaste. They are used for both children and adults. Dental-office treatments also are different chemically and stay on the teeth longer.

There are two common types of professionally applied fluorides. Acidulated phosphate fluoride (APF) is acidic; neutral sodium fluoride is not. Neutral sodium fluoride usually is used for people who have dry mouth (xerostomia) or who have tooth-colored fillings, crowns or bridges. An acidic fluoride may irritate a mouth that is dry. It also can create small pits in composite fillings.

Fluoride is applied as a gel, foam, or varnish during a dental appointment. The teeth are dried so the fluoride doesn't become diluted. Fluoride can be applied by using a tray that looks like a mouth guard for one to four minutes. Fluoride also can be painted directly on the teeth. It comes in a variety of flavors, but it should never be swallowed.

Demineralization begins with the type of bacteria that causes plaque on your teeth. These bacteria feed on sugar in your mouth and produce acids. The acids dissolve the crystals in your teeth. Remineralization builds the enamel back up. In this process, minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are deposited inside the enamel. Too much loss of minerals without enough repair of the enamel leads to tooth decay.

Fluoride strengthens teeth by helping to speed remineralization. It also helps to stop bacteria from making acids. Teeth can absorb fluoride in two ways. One way is through the small doses that children swallow in food, supplements, and fluoridated water. This fluoride enters the bloodstream and becomes part of the permanent teeth as they develop. The teeth become stronger, so it is harder for acids to destroy the enamel.

Fluoride also can enter teeth directly in the mouth. This occurs in several ways:

  • When you get a fluoride treatment at the dental office

  • When you brush with fluoride toothpaste or use a fluoride rinse

  • When fluoridated water washes over your teeth as you drink

Fluoride treatments commonly are given to children as their teeth are developing. If your child has a history of cavities or is at high risk of decay, he or she should use additional fluoride. This promotes remineralization of the teeth. Many children get fluoride treatments every six months. The treatments provide extra protection against cavities, even if children already drink fluoridated water.

Make Your Preventive Dentistry Appointment Now

At McDowell Dentistry of Goodyear, we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive and cutting-edge services that cater to all your dental needs. Trust us to deliver proactive and preventive measures that safeguard your oral health and preserve the beauty of your smile for years to come. Explore the preventive dentistry and annual teeth cleanings at McDowell Dentistry of Goodyear and take the first step towards maintaining a healthy and radiant smile today.

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