Preventive Dentistry in Federal Way, WA
We can help you stop tooth decay, gum disease, and other damage with preventive dental care. Six month checkups and cleanings combined with solid at-home maintenance – including brushing, flossing, and maintaining a nutritious diet – help you enjoy healthy, beautiful teeth and gums for a lifetime to come. Patients in Federal Way, WA, Auburn, Seattle, Tacoma, and Lakeland South appreciate the comfortable, accommodating dental care they find from the team at Drew Beaty, DDS.
Checkups and Cleanings
Twice-annual checkups and cleanings are recommended for patients of all ages. These preventive appointments are important for removing tartar buildup, which is the hard, yellow substance you just can’t clean with brushing and flossing alone. Plaque and tartar lead to cavities and gum disease, so their regular removal is important for solid oral health.
During your checkup and cleaning, your dental hygienist will thoroughly clean the surfaces of your teeth and around your gum line. Once your teeth are sparkling clean, Dr. Beaty will evaluate your oral health. This portion of the appointment involves performing a visual examination of your teeth, gums, and all oral structures. He will also look over any X-rays we have taken. If potential problems like weak spots on the teeth, worn dental work, cavities, gum disease, or other issues are apparent during this checkup, Dr. Beaty will determine your need for restorative care and make appropriate recommendations.
The nooks and crannies that cover your back teeth make the molars a prime spot for the bacterial buildup that causes cavities. Fortunately, we have an excellent defense against tooth decay in the molars. They are dental sealants, or thin, clear plastic coverings that are painted directly onto the back teeth. Completed in just about five minutes each, the sealant material is applied to the chewing surface of the tooth and quickly dried under a high-powered light. It’s a painless procedure that can protect the molars from tooth decay for years after the application. Cavity-prone children especially benefit from dental sealants, but they are a good option for preventing cavities in patients of any age.
Dr. Beaty treats nighttime teeth grinding (the condition known as bruxism) and TMJ disorder, commonly referred to as “TMJ.” If you suffer from jaw pain, tooth sensitivity, headaches, or any of the other symptoms of these conditions, do not hesitate to seek therapy. Left untreated, TMJ/bruxism can seriously damage the teeth and may leave you dealing with a lifetime of chronic pain. These conditions are treated with a custom orthotic device that corrects the misalignment of the jaw.
Nighttime teeth grinding leads to worn teeth, and sports injuries are the number one cause of dental emergencies. Protect your teeth from excessive force and trauma with a custom-fit mouthguard. Whether you grind your teeth at night or are at-risk of suffering a blow to the face during your next game or competition, don’t skip out on necessary smile protection. Dr. Beaty provides custom-fit mouthguards and sportsguards for nighttime teeth grinders and athletes of all ages and levels of play.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Daytime sleepiness, chronic snoring, frequent waking throughout the night – you don’t want to ignore the signs of sleep apnea. The condition results in chronic fatigue and has been linked to high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and even premature death. Dr. Beaty can advise you on whether your obstructive sleep apnea is best treated using CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) or with a removable oral appliance. You deserve a full night’s sleep, and we can help you regain yours with sleep apnea treatment.
Gum Disease Treatment
What’s the number one cause of tooth loss in adults over the age of 35? It’s periodontal (gum) disease, and it affects more people than you might expect. In fact, the majority of American adults exhibit the symptoms of gum disease. Thankfully, the condition can be alleviated with effective treatment from Dr. Beaty. In its beginning stages, gum disease responds to improved oral hygiene – including better brushing, flossing, and a couple extra visits to the dentist. Once periodontal disease has advanced beyond these early stages, non-surgical scaling and root planing (also known as a deep cleaning) can treat the condition. Scaling and root planing cleans above and below the gum line, is usually completed in a few visits to the dentist’s, and may be combined with an antibiotic to fully heal the infection.
We provide all of our patients with personalized, attentive care, and we are especially committed to making sure our younger patients have positive dental experiences. Why? Children are still forming their opinions on everything, including how they feel about the dentist. In addition to special children’s services like dental sealants, fluoride treatments, and orthodontic evaluations, Dr. Beaty and our whole team treat children with the friendly, fun approach little ones love.