Preventive Dentistry

treatment options to help prevent disease and decay

In the ongoing fight for your health, we utilize a variety of technologically-advanced diagnostic tools that help to identify problems before they become painful. We also offer treatment options to help prevent disease and decay.

  • Digital X-rays

    We utilize digital x-rays to evaluate areas within the mouth that cannot be visualized clinically, such as tooth structure, bones and joints of the jaws. Our decision to invest in digital X-ray methods exposes you to lower radiation levels and enables us to be as conservative as possible regarding your health.

  • Routine dental exams

    Professional checkups and teeth cleanings are an important part of your oral health routine. These visits present an opportunity to discuss your concerns and provide you with valuable information as to the state of your oral health.

  • Dental sealants

    Sealants are a clear or white coating that can add an extra layer of protection and guard against plaque accumulation on the biting surfaces of your molars. We often recommend them for children and teens to help thwart tooth decay in the hard-to-clean pits and fissures of the back teeth.

Catherine, patient of Dr. Harkin
Catherine, patient of Dr. Harkin
  • Oral cancer screening

    An important part of your dental visit involves a thorough visual exam of your oral cavity to identify any areas of concern or suspicious lesions that could indicate oral cancer. We recognize the value of early detection, as it can significantly improve your chances for recovering from oral cancer.

    It is possible for anyone to develop cancer, but certain factors can increase your risk:

    • Tobacco use
    • Excessive alcohol consumption
    • Excessive sun exposure
    • Family history of cancer
  • Periodontal treatment

    We check for periodontal disease annually and conduct full periodontal charting for each patient in a proactive effort to protect your smile and your health. In accordance with the American Academy of Periodontology, we look for the following as signs of periodontal disease:

    • Tender, swollen or red gums
    • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
    • Receding gums
    • Loose or shifting teeth
    • Chronic bad breath
    • Sores in your mouth

we will do everything possible to keep your smile healthy for a lifetime

Our implementation of preventive dental techniques gives you a glimpse of New Holland dentistry at its finest. Our team has the passion, knowledge, and talent to guide and assist you in your fight against cavities and gum disease. With your cooperation, we will do everything possible to keep your smile healthy for a lifetime.