Preventive Services

Your healthy smile starts here!

At Waters Family Dentistry we are committed to providing a lifetime of optimum oral health. The foundation of this commitment begins with the preventive services we provide. Preventing dental disease is key when it comes to the appearance of your smile, having a pain-free mouth and the likelihood you will keep your teeth throughout your life.

Preventive Dentistry in Grand Island

At the center of preventive services in Waters Family Dentistry are two awesome Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH), Cara and Jayne. Their specialized education focuses on the prevention and treatment of dental diseases. They are with you throughout your entire preventive appointment.  

You will be welcomed to our office by our greeter Yiho and escorted to one of our treatment rooms by your hygienist (don’t miss the relaxing view of our office pond!). Cara or Jayne will begin your hygiene visit by updating your medical history and measuring your blood pressure. It is very important to bring an up-to-date medication list, as many drugs can impact your oral health. They will also ask about any dental concerns you may have.

The hygienist will use a variety of diagnostic tools to evaluate your oral health. These tools include:

Dental Radiographs (X-rays)

Our office exclusively uses digital x-rays, which is the latest in x-ray technology. This technology allows you to see your x-rays immediately on a chair-side monitor and keeps the radiation you receive to a minimum. In fact, the amount of radiation in four routine bitewing x-rays is equal to the amount you would receive in a short airplane flight. We always use proper lead apron shielding for your neck and torso.

Spectra Caries Detection Aid

This tool uses fluorescence technology to detect cavities in pits and grooves of teeth. These are areas that are not easily seen on an x-ray. Healthy tooth structure appears green while tooth decay appears red. We like to compare it to a weather radar image that tracks severe storms.

Intraoral Camera

Our hygienists capture photos of your teeth and soft tissue with this small camera, which is the size of an enlarged pencil.  

A few examples of images we may show you are:

  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Broken or cracked fillings
  • Tartar (calculus) build-up
  • Cavities
  • Stained teeth
  • Soft tissue lesions

Patients can immediately view these images on a chairside monitor. Seeing the problem for themselves helps our patients visualize their oral health conditions and make more informed health decisions

Periodontal Probe

In addition to x-rays and gum tissue evaluation, we measure your periodontal health using a probe that measures the structures that support your teeth. We can prevent future tooth loss when we can detect early stages of gum disease.

Dental Sealants

Sealants are placed in the pits and grooves of teeth, typically on the chewing surfaces of molar or premolar teeth. It is ideal for a sealant to be placed shortly after a tooth has erupted into the mouth, so children are great candidates for this preventive service.

Our dental hygienists, Cara and Jayne place most of the sealants in our office. Dr. Waters will check the structure of tooth before recommending dental sealants. He will evaluate the Spectra Caries Detection image of the tooth and also check manually with a dental explorer.

The process is easy for our patients, and there is no need for the patient to be numb. The hygienist begins by preparing the the surface of the tooth. The sealant material is then applied and hardened with a dental curing light. The entire process takes about five to seven minutes per tooth.

During the routine exams that follow, the dental sealants are evaluated and checked.