Preventive Dentistry

Dental Exams and Teeth Cleanings

Dr. Welch and Dr. Schilt, a premier dentist in Springfield, Oregon,  and their team at McKenzie River Dental provide comprehensive oral exams and teeth cleanings with a gentle touch for patients of all ages.

Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, and stroke. Regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings can prevent these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene. If you need other dental care services like oral surgery or dental implants, click here for more on what we offer.


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Fluoride Treatment

Dr. Welch and Dr. Schilt may recommend fluoride as part of your overall dental care regimen in order to provide extra protection for your smile. These fluoride treatments stop developing cavities, make your teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, and re-mineralize teeth.

Fluoride treatments can range from using a prescribed toothpaste when brushing to placing fluoride in trays that are worn at night. The doctors and staff at McKenzie River Dental will go over your specific needs, and if you need extra fluoride, will tailor a plan specific to your situation.

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Tooth Sealants

Tooth sealants seal the pit and fissures of your permanent molars and premolars to prevent the cavities from developing. Because food particles and plaque collect in the grooves of your teeth, a sealant can be applied to protect against resulting decay.

Dentists in Springfield. Dr. Welch and Dr. Schilt, can apply a simple and effective tooth sealant in one visit that will last for years. Sealants are recommended for newly-developed teeth as well as for prevention in adult teeth.

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Mouth Guards

McKenzie River Dental offers you and your family a chance to keep your teeth safe during athletic practices and competitions. We make custom mouth guards that fit precisely to your teeth and bite. These mouth guards are extremely comfortable, provide superior protection and allow you to be understood when speaking.

Night Guard

A variety of dental problems are the result of teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. Symptoms can include sensitive teeth, jaw pain, and headaches and ear or neck aches. Bruxism can have serious, long-term effects, such as broken, chipped or cracked teeth.

Our teeth grow longer our entire lives. We also wear them as we chew, but normally the rate of wear is equal to the rate of growth. When the wear exceeds the growth, the teeth begin to get shorter, and it’s then that a bite splint may be necessary.

Once teeth grinding has been diagnosed, we can provide a custom fitted nightguard for your teeth from a simple impression of your top and bottom teeth. The purpose of the splint is to limit grinding, therefore protecting the teeth.