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Louisville Preventive Dentistry

Keep Your Smile Healthy and Beautiful

Dr. Carroll working with patientAs general and family dentists, Dr. Patrick Carroll and Dr. Deborah Shoemaker strongly believe in the power of preventive dental care. We recommend that you visit our office at least twice each year for a comprehensive checkup and hygiene visit. At a checkup, Dr. Carroll or Dr. Shoemaker will look for the early signs of tooth damage, decay, disease, and bite problems. When we find and treat these kinds of conditions early, conservative treatment can often correct the problem. However, when disease goes undetected and untreated for a long time, it can grow to cause major oral and overall health problems that require extensive treatment.

Our commitment to high-quality, cutting-edge dentistry keeps our patients coming back again and again, often bringing their entire families along. With these simple treatments, we can keep you and everyone you love healthy for years to come.

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Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings

Some of the most basic and effective ways we take care of our patients’ teeth every day include checkups and cleanings. With just two of these each year, you’ll easily have a healthy, beautiful smile that you’ll never have to worry about.

To perform a cleaning, one of our hygienists will used specialized tools to clear away built up plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums. Even if you brush and floss your teeth every day, these cleanings are crucial because they are able to target those difficult spots you simply can’t reach at home. Plus, they always make your teeth feel AMAZING after.

Then, one of our doctors will perform a standard oral exam where they’ll check for tooth decay, gum disease, and many other dental issues. From this, they’ll be able to form a treatment plan that’s suited to your exact needs, and it’ll likely save you from having to get more involved restorative procedures in the future.

Young child with healthy smile

Children’s Dentistry

You want your child to be healthy in every way, right? So that of course includes their dental health, and we’re happy to help by seeing your littlest smile. When you bring your children to us, you’re showing them that taking care of their teeth is important, and this will help them formulate healthy habits in the future. We’ll do everything we can to make sure they’re perfectly comfortable in our office, and we’ll always perform treatments with a gentle touch.

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Dental Sealants

This treatment is perfect for children who are still learning to take care of their teeth and adults who are prone to developing tooth decay and cavities. It involves applying a clear, thin layer of a composite resin to the teeth in order to protect them from plaque and bacteria. Typically, we only need to do this to the back teeth, and with consistent brushing, these sealants can easily last for years.

Patient in dental chair receiving fluoride treament

Fluoride Treatment

Wouldn’t it be great to have just a little bit of extra protection against cavities? With a fluoride treatment, that’s exactly what we’ll give you! Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance that actually fortifies your teeth by restoring the minerals they need to stay healthy and strong. This is why you’ll often see fluoride in toothpastes and public water sources. For this, you’ll simply swish a fluoride solution in your mouth for a few minutes, and that’s it! It’s a quick, easy, and effective way to keep your teeth healthy.

State-of-the-art dental patient treatment room

Ozone Dental Therapy

Ozone therapy is a new approach to keeping your mouth free of dental bacteria, and our practice is one of only a few in the area that is qualified to use it. Using the power of simple oxygen, we can completely purify your mouth and treat a number of dental problems non-invasively. This method has been used around the world for years, and the research regarding its benefits just keeps growing.

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Clear nightguard for teeth grinding

Nightguards for Bruxism

Do you wake up with a sore jaw each morning? Do your teeth look ground down? If so, you might be suffering from bruxism, which is a condition where a person unconsciously clenches there jaw and grinds their teeth during the night. Over time, this can cause catastrophic damage to your teeth and jaw, but fortunately, we can prevent this with something called a nightguard. It is a small, custom-made mouthpiece that you would wear to bed each night, and it provides a protective barrier between your teeth to prevent them from grinding together.

Young girl playing lacrosse with athletic mouthguard

Athletic Sportsguards & Mouthguards

Did you know that some of the most common sports injuries are actually dental injuries? Research shows that damage to the teeth occurs in nearly 40% of all sports-related accidents! This is why anyone in your family who participates in sports should always wear a mouthguard whenever they go out to play. We can provide you with a custom-made one right here at Exceptional Dentistry, and not only will it be more comfortable than anything you can buy at the store, but it will also do a much better job of making sure the smiles you care about stay safe.

When was the last time you visited the dentist? It just takes two short appointments each year to have a stunning smile, so be sure to contact our office today. You’ll be amazed at how good your teeth will feel afterward!