Dr. Brent Blaylock has been serving the families of Durham, NC and surrounding areas for over 30 years. He provides individualized and comprehensive general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Preventive dentistry is the foundation of Dr. Blaylock’s Durham dental practice and the key to lifelong oral health.
Dental Cleaning & Routine Exams
When you visit with Dr. Blaylock in Durham, you will receive a comprehensive dental cleaning and examination. Your visit may include:
- Professional dental cleaning
- Dental x-rays
- Periodontal screening
- Dental caries (cavities) screening
- Occlusal analysis to examine the position of the bite
What to expect: Teeth Cleaning
Your dental cleaning will be performed by one of our registered dental hygienists. Our hygienists use specialized dental tools to thoroughly clean all surfaces of the teeth and gums including the places where a toothbrush is unable to reach. These cleanings eliminate a sticky substance called plaque. If plaque is not removed, it will lead to dental caries. Patients who have their teeth professionally cleaned twice a year will enjoy a healthy, clean smile. A dental cleaning is generally not painful and most patients say they love that clean feeling after the treatment.
Preventive Dental Care
Good oral hygiene and routine dental care is the key to reducing your risk of tooth decay and can provide the foundation for lifelong dental health. Dr. Blaylock recommends that patients follow ADA guidelines when it comes to preventive dental care and visit his office twice a year. These regular visits enable Dr. Blaylock and his staff to look for signs of instability in the bite and developing dental problems. Addressing dental concerns in the early stages can avoid complex dental problems later on and enable patients to enjoy optimal oral health.
In between your visits to our Durham, NC dentist office, it is important to follow a strict oral healthy routine at home. This includes brushing your teeth after you eat or at least twice a day. It is important that you floss your teeth at least once a day. Throughout the day, food can easily get caught in between your teeth and brushing alone may not dislodge it. Following a healthy diet and limiting your sugar intake is also an important step to keep your teeth healthy in between your routine dental visits.
Periodontal Disease Prevention
As part of a routine dental visit, Dr. Blaylock will perform a periodontal screening to look for the early signs of gum disease. Treating gum disease early is important to prevent tooth damage or even tooth loss. Gum disease is known to affect approximately 75% of the adult population and remains a leading cause of tooth loss.
Dr. Blaylock offers periodontal therapy to address gum disease, with the level of treatment depending on the stage and severity of disease.
Schedule an Appointment
We welcome new patients to our Durham dentist office, including those who have been avoiding the dentist due to anxiety or fear. Restoring your smile will not only improve oral health, but help you to enjoy the best quality of life each day.