Preventative Dental Care

Preventative Dental Care

Oral Examination

Preventative dentistry is the most important service we offer in comprehensive dental care at Sunnyside Dentistry, your Clackamas dentist of choice. Regularly scheduled examinations and cleanings will give you the maximum opportunity for long-term dental care. At Sunnyside Dentistry, we have three hygienists available full-time four days a week to help accommodate busy schedules.

Professional Dental Hygiene

Regularly scheduled visits to Sunnyside Dentistry are an essential part of your dental health, preventing gum disease and keeping your smile healthy and bright! Dental plaque and calculus can be removed through daily brushing and flossing, but there are places in your mouth that you cannot reach with a toothbrush and dental floss. A professional cleaning by one of our registered dental hygienists will ensure the very best removal of calculus in those hard-to-reach places.

At-Home Dental Hygiene

Part of our philosophy at Sunnyside Dentistry is to equip our patients with the best tools and techniques for maintaining a healthy mouth through at-home dental care. The Sunnyside Dentistry team will guide you in all features of at-home dental hygiene, including proper brushing and flossing techniques for optimal dental health.

Fluoride Treatment

Dr. Hikade may decide that fluoride should be part of your overall dental care treatment. Fluoride treatments re-mineralize teeth, stop developing cavities and make your teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth.

Tooth Sealants

While brushing and flossing regularly is a great way to keep teeth clean and free from plaque, there are grooves in some teeth that cannot be reach through conventional methods. Food particles and plaque collect in these grooves, increasing the chance of decay.

Tooth sealants can be applied at Sunnyside Dentistry quickly and easily, protecting tooth enamel from plaque and resulting decay in just one visit. Sealants take only a few minutes to apply and wear well over several years before reapplication is required.

Periodontal Disease & Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis and gum disease, is the result of infection and irritation caused by bacteria found in plaque. Symptoms include red and swollen gum tissue that bleeds easily, causing gum tissue to separate from the teeth and form pockets of decay. Eventually, this condition results in the deterioration of gum tissue and jawbone, leading to tooth loss.

Dr. Dick Hikade, Dr. Brooke Hikade-Wyatt and their staff at Sunnyside Dentistry provide scaling and root planing, which is a common treatment for periodontal disease. This method allows Drs. Hikade and a registered dental hygienist to provide a deeper cleaning between the compromised teeth and gums, preventing progression of the disease.

Treatment for Teeth Grinding and Headache

Dr. Dick Hikade, Dr. Brooke Hikade-Wyatt and their staff at Sunnyside Dentistry provide state-of-the-art treatment for the treatment of chronic headaches and symptoms caused by teeth grinding (also known as bruxism).

If you deal with the effects of teeth grinding or clenching of the jaw, Dr. Dick Hikade, Dr. Brooke Hikade-Wyatt and the staff at Sunnyside Dentistry can provide preventative treatment through customized mouth guards using the NTI Tension Suppression System. This treatment offers non-invasive, individualized treatment to relieve pain and pressure caused by bruxism.