Preventive and General Dentistry

Caring for the individual needs of your family at our tranquil office.

Maintain a Healthy Smile

Building a solid foundation for your overall well-being.
General dentistry includes a comprehensive exam from our caring dentists in Baton Rouge
Regular multi-point comprehensive exams are designed to safeguard the health of your family. Our caring dentists provide a wonderful patient experience to make your check-ups both enjoyable and worthwhile.

During a typical exam, we perform:

  • A bite evaluation
  • Periodontal screening
  • Smile analysis
  • Full-mouth charting
  • Dental assessment (mouth, teeth, neck, and face)
  • Digital x-rays (as needed)

We adapt each exam to meet your individual needs and use digital photography with intra and extraoral cameras to involve you in the diagnostic process. After your exam, Dr. Kidder spends some time reviewing the results and discusses your options. We may also recommend a dental cleaning and take before and after photos to monitor your progress.

Older lady who has enjoyed preventive and general dentistry while learning about oral hygiene
Hygiene Visits
Along with exams every six months, our Baton Rouge dentists may recommend regular hygiene appointments. These routine cleanings help prevent gum disease, improve oral health, and instill good oral hygiene habits. Even if you if brush and floss every day, you can still benefit as these professional cleanings remove any plaque from those harder to reach areas.

Our experienced dental hygienists use state-of-the-art technology such as Cavitron and sonic scalers to gently remove the buildup of tartar and plaque. They will also use this time to provide kind feedback on your oral hygiene and provide advice when needed.

In addition, our younger patients or high-risk adult patients enjoy a fluoride treatment during their visit. This fluoride application helps boost your tooth’s enamel (or surface) and protect your teeth from tooth decay.

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Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer is a real risk for all patients, which is why we offer annual screenings. Our goal is to catch any abnormalities early to give you a better treatment outcome.

Our team carefully examines your mouth, neck, and face for any signs of cancerous tissue. This may include white or red patches, lumps, or lesions.

If anything is discovered, our experienced dentists will provide a host of treatment options for you. We’ll also give you our professional recommendations and explain how we can help you during each stage of treatment.

Man smiling after his periodontal care and general dentistry visit in Baton Rouge, WI
Periodontal Care
Did you know that periodontal disease (gum disease) is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults? This disease takes hold of gums due to poor oral hygiene but can be combated with regular treatment.

The early signs of gum disease include inflammation, sensitivity, and/or bleeding gums. If left untreated, these can lead to more serious problems such as bone loss, gum recession, and tooth loss.

At Kidder Dental, we offer in-house periodontal care in the form of maintenance programs and professional cleanings. During your regular check-ups, Drs. Dustin and Elizabeth Kidder examine your gums and provide preventive advice.

If your periodontal disease has progressed, we may recommend Arestin medication or root planing and scaling to control or remove the infection.

Small girl smiling after she has sealants as part of Baton Rouge general dentistry
Occasionally, food debris or bacteria can build up in the grooves and pits of the surface of your teeth. This issue occurs due to these areas not being reachable by a toothbrush and is more common in younger patients. To help prevent this dental problem, our dentists in Baton Rouge offer sealants.

Sealants are a thin coating painted onto the surface of each affected tooth. It only takes 5-10 minutes to apply to the tooth but the effects are long-lasting! The coating covers over the grooves in your tooth and is hardened using a special light. Your tooth surface will feel smooth with no way for debris to become trapped, thus allowing you brush away any decay.

This procedure is non-invasive and painless. The sealants can be cared for by brushing and flossing and are evaluated during each dental check-up.

Baton rouge general dentistry includes mouth guards for this guy
Grinding or clenching of the teeth can lead to more complex issues such as worn or cracked teeth, jaw pain, headaches, and fatigue. At Kidder Dental, we are proud to offer night guards for patients who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) or TMJ disorders.

Nightguards protect your teeth from clenching and grinding and can help alleviate TMJ issues, such as facial muscle pain and headaches.

In addition to these corrective mouth guards, we help prevent dental trauma with sports mouth guards. These athletic guards are designed to comfortably fit in your mouth and protect your teeth from impact during sporting activities.

Man holding his head because he has a TMJ disorder and needs restorative dentistry in Baton Rouge
Your tempromandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull. Many people suffer from jaw pain, headaches, and jaw clicking due to TMJ disorders. These can be caused by:

  • Teeth grinding/clenching
  • Misaligned teeth or bite
  • Stress
  • Head or neck trauma
  • Aging

If left untreated, TMJ disorders can have a detrimental affect on your life. At Kidder Dental, we use modern technology to help diagnose TMJ disorders and provide some non-surgical treatment options. These include splint therapy and behavioral guidance. Dr. Dustin Kidder has advanced training in caring for those suffering from TMJ. He can help analyze your bite and give you advice on the best course of treatment.

Feel Calm with Sedation Dentistry

Feeling anxious? Find it hard to relax at the dentist? We have THE solution!

Woman looking very relaxed thanks for sedation before her general dentistry treatment

Who is Sedation For?

Millions of people put their health at risk by avoiding the dentist each year. The most common reason for this is dental fear or anxiety. However, sedation dentistry now opens the way for all patients to enjoy a more relaxed and comfortable experience. If you are nervous or have an extensive treatment plan, then our sedation options can help make your visit a breeze.

What Are the Benefits?

If you are feeling nervous or apprehensive, what can you expect from sedation dentistry? Sedation dentistry helps alleviate anxiety and makes you feel relaxed in our office. You will feel calm and enjoy personal dental care in a safe, comfortable environment. This results in you having all your oral health care needs met, with zero anxiety.


Our Options

We offer two safe and comfortable sedation solutions at Kidder Dental – oral sedation and nitrous oxide. Here is what you need to know about each treatment:

Oral Sedation: This safe prescription sedative is administered through the mouth one hour before treatment. Patients report feeling calm as if they are taking a short nap and often don’t remember the treatment itself.

Nitrous Oxide: Also known as “laughing gas” this sedative is breathed in and creates a feeling of deep relaxation. After the treatment, it only takes a few minutes to reverse these effects.

Great staff - great personality these folks are the best, coupled with a great Dentist - Dustin Kidder.

Tommy R. (Kidder Dental Patient)

Technology to Safeguard Your Smile

More precision, less discomfort, and even better results.
Digital x-rays are used as part of our general dentistry exams
Digital X-rays

Our treatment rooms are equipped with digital x-ray machines and chair side monitors. This allows our dentists to show you what they have found and visually explain their recommendations.

Woman having general dentistry with the aid of an intraoral camera
Intraoral Cameras

During your exam, Drs. Dustin and Elizabeth Kidder use an intraoral camera to show you high-quality images of your mouth. The chair side monitor allows you to be involved in the diagnosis and fully informed of your needs.

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Downloadable Forms

We make it easy for you to get started with your dentistry. Just download our online patient forms, fill them out, and bring them with you on your first visit to our office.

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Casey Education

Each of our treatment rooms is equipped with advanced Caesy Patient Education software. If you’ve ever had questions about any type of dental procedure, the 3-D narrated videos have all the information that you’ve ever wanted to know.

Going the Extra Mile

No matter what you need, we are here for you!
Please call us if you have a dental emergency. We do our best to see you the same day and can provide advice on alleviating discomfort. If your call is out of office hours then please listen to the prompts.

Call Us at 225-761-8585