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Effective Dental Cleanings & Preventive Care in Columbia

At Hutton Family Dentistry, we know how important it is to provide dental care that can catch problems early or even prevent them before they arise. Our aim with dental cleanings and preventive care is helping to promote the oral health of every member of your family.

Our dental team, led by Dr. Emalie Hutton, is passionate about helping all her patients, from children to adults and seniors, enjoy beautiful, healthy smiles for life. From routine checkups to gum disease monitoring and oral health education, our efforts aim to combat the many dental health issues you may encounter before they become major complications. Contact our practice today to schedule your routine checkup and discover how our cleanings and approach to preventive care can safeguard your smile!


Getting to Know You and Your Family

Our team aims to promote the oral health needs of all ages, which means getting to know your situation in detail. Here's how we prioritize prevention, even before providing specific treatments:

Personalized Consultations: We'll have a detailed conversation about your unique needs and ensure you get the care you need to protect your teeth, including getting the right amount of fluoride for children and adults.

An Integrated Approach: Our preventive care seamlessly blends with the rest of your treatments while you're under our care. This includes offering education about the best at-home hygiene practices alongside our extensive preventive monitoring and comprehensive treatment options.

Experienced preventive care will pay off in the long run, and you can trust our services will cater to the unique needs of families in Columbia. Whether it's monitoring fluoride and sealant needs for long-term protection or considering genetic risk factors in family members, we're well-equipped to assist because we prioritize getting to know you.

Caring for Young Smiles

Providing your child with effective dental care is one of the best gifts you can give them. As young smiles develop, it's crucial for our team to keep an eye on growth patterns, watching for any abnormalities or budding issues in their smile. Our team is passionate about setting up children for a lifetime of healthy smiles with services like:

  • Fluorides & Sealants
  • Growth & Development Monitoring
  • Monitoring for Orthodontic Needs

While our team is skilled at providing for the smiles of young patients, what's most important is getting them exactly the care they need right when they need it. When your child requires advanced care, we will refer them to specialists equipped to handle their specific needs.

Our Preventive Offerings for Adults

As you grow older and your smile changes, you need dental care that evolves with you. Our team is always conscious of how your oral health can affect your overall health, a concept known as the oral-systemic health connection. With this overarching approach in mind, our team strives to provide for a comprehensive range of adult dental needs. Some of the ways we can help include:

  • Gum Disease Monitoring
  • Oral Cancer Screenings
  • Fluoride & Sealants

What to Expect During Our Dental Cleanings

Our dental cleaning appointments often begin with a comprehensive oral health evaluation, including digital x-rays, if needed. Our team will then thoroughly clean your teeth using specialized tools to eliminate plaque and tartar, even in hard-to-reach areas. We'll also perform periodontal charting to assess gum health and implement preventive measures if we recognize any signs of developing periodontal issues.

Our dentist will also perform visual oral cancer screenings to detect potential issues early. Finally, Dr. Hutton will have a one-on-one with you and perform a meticulous bite and smile inspection. At each step, we prioritize patient education and communication to promote a clearer understanding of your individual oral health needs.

Dental Cleanings & Preventive Care FAQs

Choosing a practice to provide the dental healthcare your family needs is a big decision. Our team is here to answer questions, address concerns, and help you feel confident about your care. Some of the frequently asked questions we receive include:

What is the difference between a dental cleaning and a deep cleaning?
A dental cleaning focuses on the surface of the teeth and the areas above the gum line, while a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, involves cleaning below the gum line to treat gum disease.

Do you offer snore appliances or help with TMJD?
Yes, we do. We create custom snore appliances and provide splint therapy and other treatment options for mild to moderate TMJD cases. We'll work closely with you to find the right way forward, offering individualized diagnoses and treatment plans. If you're experiencing severe sleep apnea or TMJD, our team will consult you about options and often refer you to trusted specialists we regularly work with.

What is a dental cleaning unit?
A dental cleaning unit refers to the tools and equipment dental professionals use to perform professional dental cleanings. These include ultrasonic scalers, hand scalers, polishers, and more.

Your Columbia Dentist for Cleanings & Prevention

At Hutton Family Dentistry, we are committed to helping residents of Columbia maintain excellent oral health through comprehensive dental cleanings and prevention. We're here to provide the knowledge and care you need to experience optimal oral health, and we look forward to meeting you and your loved ones. Contact us today for an appointment and experience high-quality, individualized care your family can rely on!



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