Diagnostic and Preventative


Sealants protect the chewing surfaces on the back teeth and should be applied as a child’s permanent teeth erupt. Though typically placed on the children’s teeth, adult molars can also be sealed, provided a tooth does not show evidence of decay. The sealants that we have placed have been highly successful in preventing decay.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride applications help to strengthen the enamel on your child’s teeth, making it more difficult for cavities to begin. It is recommended to receive fluoride treatments every six months.

Regular Prophylaxis

These important appointments allow Dr. McGinnis and her hygienist to monitor your oral health and clean under your gum line where the toothbrush cannot reach. They also help promote healthy gums and teeth by removing the plaque that causes decay and gum infection, as well as educating you about prevention.

Tooth Desensitization

Fluoride is also helpful to adults to reduce the pain and discomfort caused by exposed root surfaces (receding gums). Regular fluoride application helps eliminate root sensitivity. Our patients have found it helpful to have a series of fluoride treatments to reduce their sensitivity, followed by possible at home applications.

Periodontal Maintenance

Once your mouth is restored to health, it is important that you make a commitment to maintain your dental health. To achieve this, it is important that you return on a regular basis for your examination, scaling, and root planning. Dr. McGinnis and her hygienist will inform you of the re-care interval that best fits your needs.

Antibiotic Irrigation

This procedure can be used at home or in our office to control the bacteria that causes periodontal disease. The gum tissue is bathed and flushed with an antibiotic preparation to promote the healing of gum tissue.

Protective Mouthguards

Protective mouthguards are great protection and good insurance in preventing sports related injury to your teeth. Dr. McGinnis and staff will take an impression of your teeth at our clinic and prepare the appliance “On Site” in our lab. You will have a customized mouthguard..with precise fit and comfort

Nightguard Therapy

Nightguards are used as a treatment option to prevent damage to the chewing surfaces of the teeth associated with grinding and clenching. It is a conservative treatment that is very successful and highly recommended for patients with TMJ Dysfunction. By creating an acrylic pattern of your teeth, Dr. McGinnis can help you protect your teeth from unnecessary wear.

Temporo-Mandibutar Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction

TMJ is a condition that afflicts thousands of people. Frequent indicators of TMJ include popping and licking of the jaw, limited jaw function, pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back, and pain and pressure in the face and ears. We provide conservative therapies that can eliminate this painful and frustrating problem.