Prevention Services

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Dental Prophylaxis (Cleaning)

Dental cleanings are important for all children from the moment they get their first tooth. Not only does it allow the child to get comfortable with visiting the dentist at a young age, but it also gives Dr. Cook and her staff the opportunity to provide anticipatory guidance and education regarding brushing techniques, diet counseling for decay prevention, and dental milestones. As a child gets older, attending a routine dental cleaning is crucial for maintaining gingival health as well as monitoring growth and development to allow for a preventative approach to oral health.

Fluoride Varnish

Fluoride varnish is applied to the teeth after a dental cleaning every six months to provide strengthening benefits to prevent decay. The amount applied to the teeth is safe for a child and will not cause harm if swallowed. We ask that your child avoid hot or sticky foods afterward and not brush their teeth for 6 hours to allow the fluoride to take effect.


X-rays are a prevention tool that are a vital part of the dental visit. There can be decay between the teeth that cannot be seen with only an exam, so an X-ray is necessary to diagnose. They can also help monitor the growth and development of your child to detect missing or extra teeth, or predict the need for orthodontic treatment. Though the radiation emitted from a dental X-ray is extremely low, we follow the guidelines set forth by the AAPD to ensure that your child is minimally exposed to radiation and only when necessary.


Sealants are recommended for permanent molars that have deep grooves. A white filling-like material is placed in the grooves to prevent plaque, food, or bacteria from getting caught and creating a cavity on the tooth. Local anesthesia is not necessary for placement.

Space Maintainers

If a baby tooth is taken out prematurely, other teeth may drift into that space and not allow the permanent tooth to erupt as it’s supposed to. To prevent this from happening, it may be recommended to place a space maintainer that will stay in until the permanent tooth erupts.