Regular preventive dental appointments are an important step in your oral health routine. They help reduce the risk of periodontal disease while helping to keep your smile beautiful and healthy. Preventive dentistry can also result in less extensive and less expensive treatment for conditions that may develop over time.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a minimum of two dental exams and cleanings each year to prevent minor issues from becoming major problems. This gives your dental professionals an opportunity to look for signs of trouble before they have time to progress further. Your dentist may recommend more or less frequent appointments depending on your age, lifestyle, risk factors and general oral and dental health.
Patients play an important role in preventive dentistry efforts as well. Self-care, such as twice-daily brushing and daily flossing, is essential in ensuring that your teeth and mouth stay healthy.
A unique feature included in all dental check up visits for patients 6 years old and under. The doctor will guide the parent/guardian on the child’s nutrition based on the level of caries risk assessed. A nutritional counseling visit is also available to patients 6+ upon request.
A dental cleaning is also known as a dental prophylaxis. It is a preventive treatment done to remove plaque from around gum lines. Plaque is a film that is a mixture of saliva, food particles, and bacteria. This film builds up and starts to wedge between your teeth and gums causing irritation, swelling of gums, bleeding gums, bad breath, and eventually bigger dental health problems– if not removed. A prophylaxis is recommended at least 2 times a year to keep gums and teeth healthy.
This treatment is conducted when a white lesion is detected on adult teeth and is incipient or reversible. These white spots can be caused by many things. The most common causes are after prolonged wear of orthodontic (metal) braces, incipient caries disease, and fluorosis. The treatment reverses these lesions without having to numb, drill or place a filling on the teeth.
Sealants are a thin coating of resin placed on teeth that have deep pits and fissures. The sealant will release fluoride into the tooth to strengthen and prevent bacteria, plaque, food, and saliva from penetrating the tooth.
Fluoride is an essential mineral for tooth development. It protects teeth from decay and helps gums fight bacteria. In other words, “Vitamins for your teeth!” In-office fluoride application has a stronger concentration than over-the-counter products. Fluoride application is recommended for all ages depending on the caries risk assessment done at your check up.