Preventative Dentistry

Preventative dentistry is important when considering overall dental health. Baer Dental is committed to a preventative approach to dentistry to provide patients with long-term success. Coming in for regular checkups is far less stressful than getting fillings regularly because of cavities and other issues. Why let problems start if you can prevent them from ever happening?
Dr. Baer and his team of expert dental staff in Aurora are experts at stopping the cycle of tooth decay. It is a dental myth that cavities are a normal part of life. We provide patients with strategies for improved oral health, and teach them to avoid the potential pitfalls of an inconsistent oral health routine. It is our goal to help you prevent oral health issues from developing in the first place.
Preventative Dentistry

Preventative Dental Care

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At Baer Dental, we take a lifetime approach to preventative dental care. We know that practicing good oral hygiene and scheduling regular dental checkups can keep your smile bright and healthy for a lifetime. Here are some simple things you can do to prevent plaque buildup that causes cavities.

  • Brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Be sure to brush your tongue to prevent bad breath.
  • Floss daily to eliminate hard-to-reach plaque.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities.
  • Eat a balanced diet and avoid sugary treats.
  • Raw veggies, plain yogurt, cheese, and fruit can help keep your smile healthy.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups at least every six months.
  • Ask Dr. Baer if tooth sealants may be an option for you.
  • If you play sports, be sure you’re using a mouthguard!

And if it’s been 6 months or more since your last checkup, give Baer Dental in Aurora a call and schedule your next visit soon!

Tooth Sealants

Tooth Sealants

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Dental sealants are thin fillings applied to the deep grooves of the back teeth which can prevent tooth decay. The sealant is a strong bonding material that sticks to the grooves and depressions in the teeth, creating a protective coat over the tooth’s enamel to protect it from  being infiltrated by harmful bacteria.

Good oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing are not enough to prevent every case of tooth decay. Plaque and food particles are able to be removed from the surfaces of the teeth, but nooks and crannies are another story. Sealants are able to protect the vulnerable areas of teeth by sealing them against bacteria and plaque.

Candidates for Sealants

Sealants are an excellent choice for anyone interested in strong preventative measures for avoiding tooth decay. Children and teens are great candidates, as they have a higher likelihood of developing dental decay in their molars and premolars – because they do not always have the best or optimal hygiene.   Adults with molar fillings can also benefit from sealants to minimize tooth decay.

When should sealants be used?

Sealants should be used on premolars and permanent molars as soon as they erupt into the mouth. It’s the best way to protect teeth against decay during the cavity-prone ages of 6-14 years. In some situations, baby teeth may need sealants.

The Procedure

Sealant application is simple and painless, and usually only takes a few minutes. The dentist cleans the tooth, dries it, and wraps absorbent material around it to keep it dry. Then, a strong chemical solution is placed on the chewing surface to prepare it for sealant. This ensures the bonding of the sealant is strong. When rinsed and dried after the chemical preparation, the sealant is placed on the tooth, and bonds instantly to it. In some cases, the dentist uses an intense UV curing light to harden the sealant.

Tooth sealants can protect your teeth from decay for up to 10 years, but it’s important to regularly check up with your dentist to ensure the sealant is intact. It may be replaced as necessary.

Lifetime Dentistry

Teeth for Life

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Good oral hygiene comes from a good teeth cleaning routine and regular checkups with your dentist. Baer Dental is ready to help you maximize your time in the dentist’s office, so you teeth can stay healthy for life. We are here to work with you to provide comprehensive dental care for you and your family.  Our goal is to help you keep your teeth for life!

Dental Cleanings & Regular Checkups

Regular dental checkups are important to your oral health. Your dental hygienist will check for problems you can’t see or feel, search for cavities & tooth decay, inspect your gums for gum disease, and provide you with a thorough teeth cleaning, rinse, and polish.

Dental Checkups should happen every six months so you can speak with your dentist and get answers to any of your questions.

Choosing A Toothbrush and Toothpaste

It can be hard to find the perfect products for your smile. Keep in mind that you select oral hygiene products that are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). If you are uncertain, Dr. Baer and his staff can recommend products for you to use at home. Just ask!

Dental Mouth Guard

Shock Doctor® Mouthguards

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Shock Doctor® Mouthguards

Athletes, protect your smiles for a lifetime with Shock Doctor Mouthguards. Baer Dental provides patients with the most advanced line of custom protective mouthguards and mouthpieces available.

Are mouthguards necessary for non-contact sports?

Yes. Any sport has the potential for injury, and all athletes should use a mouthguard to protect their teeth, mouth, and jaw from injury. Baer Dental offers a variety of options. UnderArmor® Performance MouthGuards come in several varieties, for non-contact and full-contact activities. Our performance mouthpiece is great for baseball, golf, tennis, and other less intense sports, while the Shock Doctor MouthGuard is intended for full contact sports.

Baer Dental is an authorized provider of Shock Doctor Mouthguards and Mouthpieces, and is ready to offer patients the same quality mouthguards used by a majority of professional athletes across the globe. If you’re an athlete and interested in protecting your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Baer and get a custom mouthguard fitted in as little as 20 minutes.