Minimally Invasive Dental Cleanings & Prevention in Refugio

dental cleanings & prevention in refugioA critical component to ensuring the long-term health of your teeth and gums is keeping up with regular dental cleanings and preventive care. At Minimally Invasive Preventive Dentistry, you can rely on our friendly and skilled team to protect your oral well-being while prioritizing your comfort. We can't wait to show you the difference our services can make.

For years, we've provided high-quality preventive care and dental cleanings to Refugio, Corpus Christi, Woodsboro, and Sinton residents. You can trust our team, led by Dr. J. Tim Rainey, to take your unique needs into account and deliver excellent dental services that are sure to make you smile. Contact our dental office today to schedule your next appointment!


What Are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Dentistry?

Minimally invasive dentistry is the practice of preserving the natural structure of your teeth while lessening the impact on gum tissue. This type of dentistry protects your oral health while providing numerous unique benefits, including:

  • An increased focus on prevention: Our dentist emphasizes the importance of proper at-home oral hygiene, like the use of teeth cleaning powder, in combination with regular dental checkups to prevent the occurrence of dental issues.
  • Gentle procedures: We pay careful attention to preserving your tooth's natural structure while using a gentle touch.
  • Easing dental anxiety: For patients that face anxiety about visiting the dentist, minimally invasive dentistry offers compassionate and convenient services that minimize the time spent in the exam chair.

Our Utilization of Ozone

At Minimally Invasive Preventive Dentistry, we utilize ozone gas and water to increase the safety of our Refugio dental cleanings and preventive treatments while minimizing the use of harsh chemicals. Ozone is a colorless gas and has various dental applications, including sterilizing the teeth and gums, stimulating faster healing, and eliminating harmful bacteria and viruses. Although ozone can be applied as a gas, the Texas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies engineered a way to apply it as a liquid called ozone water, opening another level of dental application.

Our ozone therapies include:

Ozone Gas Trays

Ozone trays are a convenient and effective way to deliver ozone gas to your upper and lower arches of teeth. This form of ozone treatment uses customized upper and lower trays that look like mouth guards. Once the trays have been placed in your mouth, they're connected to a machine that produces ozone gas to eliminate harmful bacteria and sterilize your teeth and gums. Ozone trays are an excellent way to provide an additional level of sterilization before teeth cleanings and preventive treatments.

Ozone water is water that's been purified by ozone gas. Our dental office uses ozone water and ozone water trays for numerous dental applications. The primary way ozone water can improve treatments is dental irrigation. Regularly applying ozone water to the surface of teeth and gums during procedures helps minimize the chance of infection.

To better serve you, we ozonate the air of our office. Before we leave at night, we'll turn on an ozone machine that actively purifies the air of bacteria and viruses to create a clean environment.

Gum Disease Prevention

Gum disease is a severe infection of the mouth's soft tissue. Without proper treatment, it can lead to tooth loss and bone deterioration and increase the risk for health complications like diabetes and heart disease. Our Refugio dental office offers minimally invasive procedures that treat and prevent gum disease.

Some of our minimally invasive gum disease treatments include:

  • Scaling: Scaling is the removal of plaque on the surface of your teeth.
  • Root Planing: This type of dental cleaning carefully goes below the gum line to remove plaque buildup at its source and smooth the surface of the tooth for gum reattachment.
  • Periodontal Charting: Conducted once a year, periodontal charting helps measure the space between your teeth and gums to better understand the extent of potential gum disease.

Regardless of the method of gum disease treatment, we combine our gum treatments with ozone water trays to ensure excellent results.

Common Sense Teeth Cleaning Powder for a Healthy Smile

father and daughter brushing teeth together at homeAre you looking for a natural alternative to traditional toothpaste? Our Refugio dentist offers Common Sense Teeth Cleaning Powder for a brighter smile without the additives found in traditional toothpaste. All you must do is take a small amount of powder, place it on the end of your toothbrush, get it wet, and brush like you normally would.

Not only does it raise your saliva's pH level, but it contains Xylitol, which is sweet to the taste but unable to be converted to acid like traditional sugar, which causes tooth decay. We also recommend using electric toothbrushes in combination with Common Sense Teeth Cleaning Powder for the best results.

Fluoride & Sealants

As part of our preventive dental services in Refugio, we offer fluoride and sealants. Although fluoride and sealants are different, they both ultimately serve the same purpose: to protect your teeth and prevent future cavities.

Sealants are a tooth-colored coating applied to the surface of your teeth and provide cavity protection for years to come. It provides excellent protection for the back teeth and teeth with deep grooves that are especially susceptible to cavities. Additionally, the treatment doesn't require an anesthetic and requires little time in the exam chair.

Fluoride is mineral found naturally in the earth's soil and water that can help strengthen and fortify your teeth. Fluoride can be especially beneficial during a patient's formative dental years, from the ages of six months to sixteen years. The treatment is well-known for its simplicity and the small amount of fluoride needed.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Aside from yearly digital x-rays, our Refugio preventive dental care includes yearly oral cancer screenings. During your oral cancer screening, Dr. Rainey will carefully examine both the inside and outside of your mouth with OralID® light for early and advanced signs of oral cancer. Factors that can increase your risk of oral cancer include:

  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol use
  • Previous oral cancer diagnosis
  • Excessive sun exposure

Trusted Refugio Dental Cleanings & Prevention

At Minimally Invasive Preventive Dentistry, we're passionate about protecting your smile while prioritizing your comfort. Our team is proud to offer preventive dental care to Refugio, Corpus Christi, Woodsboro, and Sinton. Call us or stop on by to schedule your next appointment!