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General & Preventive Dentistry

A focus on prevention to keep Hardwick’s smiles happy

Regular visits to your dentist keep your smile bright, your teeth protected, and your mouth healthy. General dentistry services from Hardwick Dental Group focus on preventive care, ensuring that your smile stays its best throughout the years.

Establishing a great oral health routine early can lead to a lifetime of beautiful smiles.

This includes the right hygiene habits and visits with our skilled, professional hygienists and dentists.

Because we monitor your oral health with regular visits and comprehensive exams, we can quickly identify any changes to your mouth and make the appropriate diagnosis. This approach allows us to proactively combat any small problems that may exist – before it turns into a more complicated, and often more expensive, issue.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, followed by thorough flossing to remove bacteria and plaque from between your teeth. Combining these practices with a nutritious diet low in refined sugar will promote oral health along with your overall wellness.

We have general and preventive services for every member of your family, as we start seeing children at the age of three. Our modern, gentle dentistry is welcoming and allows our smallest patients to find comfort in the dental office, starting them on the right path to oral health. No matter what you need to keep your smile bright, healthy, and happy, Hardwick Dental Group is prepared to deliver. Check out our general and preventive dentistry services and schedule your smile appointment now. We’re here to help.

SCHEDULE an appointment today and discover how all of our dental services at Hardwick Dental Group can help make your smile a little brighter.

Comprehensive Exams

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Comprehensive Exams

We want to help you reach all of your dental goals. We’ll start with a comprehensive exam on your first visit to assess your current state of oral health. Our exams include a full set of x-rays, intraoral camera images, perio-charting, oral cancer screenings, and a full evaluation by our hygienist and dentist. Call us to schedule your exam!

Oral Cancer Screenings

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Oral Cancer Screenings

Early detection can completely change the prognosis of a patient with oral cancer. The sooner this serious disease is detected, the better the chance of successful treatment. We use visual and manual screening methods, looking for tissue abnormalities in your cheeks, tongue, and gums. While anyone can develop oral cancer, alcohol and tobacco use increase the risk. Keep yourself safe and get an oral cancer screening as soon as possible. It can be lifesaving.

X-rays

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X-rays

To properly diagnose any problems effectively, we need to see what’s really going on even under the surface of your smile. Our digital x-rays are an integral part of our proactive approach to preventive care, allowing us to see potential problems before they become apparent to the naked eye. We also use standard panoramic films to get a wide view of your entire jaw, offering complete views of all areas of your mouth.

Hygiene

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Hygiene

The earliest active involvement we have in our oral health is through simple, effective hygiene practices. Whether you’re teaching your child how to create healthy habits, or looking to perfect your own routine, we want to help. Our licensed, registered hygienists offer professional dental cleanings using Cavitron magnetoscritive scalers and sonic scalers. Removing plaque and tartar buildup is critical, as it reduces the risk of gum disease and cavities. We’ll show you the proper brushing and flossing techniques to maintain hygiene at home.

Periodontal Therapy

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Periodontal Therapy

A healthy smile doesn’t just revolve around your teeth. Gum disease is the top cause of tooth loss in adults over 35, which is why we place emphasis on periodontal therapy. When plaque, a sticky, colorless film of bacteria, builds up on the surface of the teeth, it can harden into tartar and cause gum disease. Signs of gum disease include bleeding, swollen, or receding gums, and certain factors can contribute to periodontitis. Stress, medication, smoking, and diabetes, along with an improper diet can affect the progression of gum disease. We can prescribe ARESTIN, a medication that combats plaque and bacteria. Keep your gums healthy and your teeth strong.

Fluoride Treatments

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Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride helps protect teeth from decay and sensitivity, restoring essential minerals to the enamel. If your teeth hurt when you eat or drink something hot or cold, fluoride may help strengthen the enamel and add a barrier against sensitivity. With parental permission, we offer fluoride treatments to children at every visit. Adults can request fluoride treatments as needed.

Mouthguards

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Mouthguards

Prevention equals protection, especially when it comes to saving your teeth from damage and excess wear. We offer customized athletic mouthguards for kids, to protect developing teeth during physical activity. Adults who suffer from nighttime grinding, known as bruxism, can benefit from wearing a fitted mouthguard during sleep, preventing wear, which can lead to tooth loss and other complications. Our mouthguards are comfortable to wear, and we’ll ensure an accurate fit.

Anesthesia

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Anesthesia

We offer oral sedation for patients who need a little extra help relaxing during a procedure. We’ll prescribe a special medication to be taken just before your appointment. You’ll remain awake, aware, and able to respond, but you’ll feel calm, relaxed, and comfortable. Talk to our dentists for more information on oral sedation, and find out if this option is right for you.

Emergency Care

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Emergency Care

Dental emergencies can really destroy your day. At Hardwick Dental Group, we hope our patients never experience a dental emergency, but if they do, we’re prepared. We take emergencies very seriously, making it a priority to see our patients immediately when needed. Even if you’re a new patient, we’ll try to see you the same day. We want to get you back to your day as quickly as possible.

Technology

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Technology

Technology helps us accurately diagnose problems, and promote healthy smiles. We use an intraoral camera, a small, handheld camera that allows you to see on a monitor exactly what the dentist sees inside your mouth. When you can see for yourself what’s going on inside, you can make more informed choices about your care.