Preventative Dentistry

A beautiful smile starts with preventative dentistry. At Costello Family Dentistry, we offer various services, like cleanings, exams, screenings, and extractions, to promote good oral hygiene and ensure the long-lasting health of your teeth and gums.

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What Is Preventative Dentistry?

Preventative dentistry is the practice of taking care of your oral health to stop potential dental issues from arising. You can prevent cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more by caring for your teeth in various ways. The key components of preventative dentistry are:

  • At-home care. Preventative care starts with a good dental hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and using mouthwash are all essential.
  • Regular dental check-ups. At your appointment, your dentist can monitor your oral health, perform a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar build-up and identify potential concerns.
  • X-rays. With dental X-rays, dentists can see any potential issues lying below the surface of your teeth and gums and determine an appropriate course of action. 
  • Sealants. These are a thin, protective coating that can be applied to the back teeth to help prevent cavities.

Why Preventative Dentistry?

We care about the well-being of your oral health. Our preventative dentistry services can identify issues before they require costly treatments and lower your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious problems. And, of course, these services ensure that your smile can remain bright for years to come.

Preventative dentistry often starts with you. Brushing at least twice and flossing once daily can promote better oral health. Good practices also include avoiding cancer-causing products like smoke or tobacco.

When you visit our clinic in Carleton Place, our professionals use state-of-the-art tools to perform your regular check-ups, cleanings, X-rays, and more.

woman sitting in a dental chair holding a dental model.
woman having her teeth polished during an appointment

Dental Cleaning

Routine professional cleanings help maintain healthy gums and teeth. On top of your daily brushing and flossing routine at home, our service removes tough tartar and stains that can build up over time and lead to bacteria growth, cavities, tooth decay, or gum disease.

Our thorough processes include deep scaling and root planning below the gum line, visual examination of potential issues like infection and cancer, stain removal, flossing and polishing, and X-rays.

Our team is committed to creating a great dental experience for our patients. We use the latest technology and techniques for the best maintenance of your teeth while ensuring you are comfortable and at ease during your procedure.

Tooth Extractions

Sometimes, there is no option but to remove a tooth. This is often the case with wisdom teeth and ones damaged beyond repair. Tooth extractions can relieve you from pain, save your surrounding pearly whites, and prevent overcrowding, decay, and infection.

Our quick, pain-free extractions start with inspecting your teeth and gum lines and performing X-rays to get a more comprehensive view of the issue. After considering all options and deciding that this is the best treatment for your situation, we will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area, loosen the tooth using an elevator, and pull it out with forceps.

dentist demonstrating a tooth extraction on a model.
young girl smiling while she brushes the teeth of a model with a large toothbrush

Children’s Dentistry

Good oral hygiene starts when you’re young. As your child grows, so do their teeth, so it’s essential to implement proper practices, like daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups, to maintain a bright and beautiful smile throughout their life.

Your little ones are our priority when it comes to our children’s dentistry services. We want to ensure they feel comfortable and have a positive experience for their entire visit. That’s why we take the time to earn their trust through fun and caring conversations that help us learn what makes them unique. We also have a kid’s play area, refreshment center, and watching devices with Netflix and paired Bluetooth headsets available.

Our treatments include cavity fillings, dental sealants, teeth cleaning and exams, space maintainers, and wisdom tooth assessment. We also place particular importance on educating you and your child on good brushing and flossing procedures.

Oral Cancer Screenings

It is crucial to be proactive by getting regular oral cancer screenings to detect cancer in its early stages before it becomes serious, life-threatening, and hard to treat.

We screen for this condition by performing a visual assessment that looks for abnormal lumps, spots, and sores in your oral cavity. The next step is to feel around your mouth, face, and throat to identify any unusual masses, especially ones that cause pain. X-rays help us identify areas of concern below the gum line, such as tumours or cysts.

X-Ray of an infected tooth


Dental Emergency?

Our Carleton Place location offers same-day appointments for your emergencies. If you need a dentist near you to help you in a crisis, please do not hesitate — call us right away!