Preventive Dentistry

Your Preventive Dentist in Surprise, AZ

Here at Dentistry of Arizona, Dr. Allen Ewell and Dr. Elizabeth Ewell and their team are committed to providing necessary, ethical, and esthetic dental care with a gentle and caring touch. Our team works hard to ensure our patients' comfort and let you leave with a memorable and enjoyable dental experience.



These preventive dentistry exams are done every six months to help prevent problems with your teeth, gums and jaw bones, or they catch and manage problems before they worsen. During your visit, our doctors will take a picture of the current standing of your dental health and what would be needed to keep your oral hygiene in its best state. Both Dr. Allen Ewell and Dr. Elizabeth Ewell have a strong philosophy of prevention and catching small issues before they grow into larger problems.
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We truly believe that regular dental examinations are important in order for your child to have good dental health and a smile of which he or she can be proud. We start by doing a professional cleaning, removing all of the bad tartar and other buildup on your child’s teeth.

We then do an examination, looking to catch and fix any problems before they become bigger ones. We examine each tooth, looking for any signs of decay, damage, or any other problems, such as signs of infection. We want to correct any problems your child may have before they get any worse.

We like to see your little ones for the first time before they turn two! Their first visit is a complimentary "Happy Visit" where they will get to ride in the chair, feel the "wind" on their tooth from the air/water tip, and will get their teeth counted and polished. We make this visit fun and comfortable! Dr. Ewell will visually determine if there are any obvious cavities that need attention. Once children are around age four, we will begin by taking their first series of dental X-rays. We love seeing children of all ages and making positive memories at the dentist!
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Dental sealant is a coating painted on the teeth to help prevent cavities on the biting surface of the teeth. It attaches to your child’s teeth, smoothing the rough edges, depressions, and grooves that are typically found on teeth. It gives your child’s teeth a protective coating, helping to prevent tooth decay and cavities. They do not cover the in-between parts of the teeth, so it is still important to floss to prevent cavities there.

Sealants are usually done on the back teeth once they have erupted fully. Even if your child brushes and flosses properly, he or she may miss some areas. For this reason, sealants are a good way to protect your child’s teeth.

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Professional dental cleanings will remove the buildup of plaque and tartar that you cannot remove on your own. Then, your teeth will be polished nicely. We recommend all our patients have a fluoride varnish applied to their teeth to help strengthen and protect the enamel and prevent cavities.

When necessary, Scaling or Root Planing, or "deep cleanings" are done if you have gum disease. The bacteria that cause periodontal disease cause bone loss around the teeth and can even lead to tooth loss. This bacteria and tartar form underneath the gums and cling to the surface of the roots. We want to prevent tooth loss and maintain the level of your bone. During these deep cleanings, our hygienist will get specific problem areas of the mouth numb and can then comfortably clean underneath the gums. These scaling or root planing treatments are then followed by three or four month periodontal maintenance intervals to keep the periodontal bacteria in check.

Professional cleanings also give our dentists a chance to really look at your teeth. We will do a thorough examination to make sure you don’t have any other problems that need to be addressed. We are hoping to catch any little problems before they become bigger ones!
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Sports guards are a must for anyone who plays contact sports. These customized athletic sports guards protect teeth from being knocked out or fractured in case you get hit in the face. They are very important for those with braces or prior dental treatment like crowns or implants.

Not only do they help protect your teeth and the dentistry you already had done, but they also provide a barrier for your cheeks, lips and tongue to reduce the risk of soft tissue damage from dental work and braces. We create customized sports guards in a variety of styles and colors to suit your personality.
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If you often wake up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches, or if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth (particularly when you are stressed or stuck in rush-hour traffic), you may have a common condition called “bruxism" and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (commonly referred to as "TMJ.").

Most people do grind their teeth (including both of our doctors) when they sleep and cannot help it. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to heavy wear and tear on teeth and can cause your natural teeth and crowns to fracture.

There is an easy, non-invasive treatment for bruxism: nightguards (also called occlusal guards). Nightguards are custom-made to your teeth and fitted to be comfortable and not bulky. They are typically made for the upper teeth but are sometimes made for the lower teeth. When worn at night, they prevent your teeth from wearing away on each other. After nightly use, patients notice an improvement in their TMJ symptoms.
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People who have sleep apnea never get the rest that they deserve. They have trouble breathing which constantly wakes them up throughout the night. They may also heavily snore or seem like they are gasping for air during the night. Many people who have sleep apnea have multiple health problems. They are always exhausted and may have trouble concentrating at home or at work. Sleep apnea can also affect their blood pressure, making them more likely to have strokes.

We can fabricate a custom sleep apnea appliance that is less cumbersome than a traditional CPAP that improves snoring and your airway, allowing you to have improved sleep and overall health.
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If you have any questions or are ready to schedule a visit with Dr. Allen Ewell and Dr. Elizabeth Ewell, your Surprise, Arizona dentists at Dentistry of Arizona, don't hesitate to reach out. Give us a call today or conveniently request an appointment online. We look forward to assisting you!
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