Prevention is often the best medicine, and that’s true when it comes to your dental health. Research has found that your oral health can affect your overall well-being. With the proper preventative care, patients can keep their teeth and gums healthy and also reduce the chances of certain health problems.
An overall preventative dental plan involves a collaboration between the dentist and patient. With proper dental care, you can prevent the onset and progression of dental disease and promote and maintain good oral health. Our prevention services include:
Preventative care starts with routine dental exams. Although the general rule of thumb is to have a regular dental exam twice a year, everyone is different. In certain situations, you may need more frequent exams. At your checkup, our dentists examine your teeth, gums, and mouth and check for signs of gum disease and cavities. Regular dental exams help catch any dental problems early before they become extensive, costly and painful.
- Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride is a mineral that can prevent cavities and play a role in preventing tooth decay. Although fluoride is often found in toothpaste, professional fluoride treatment by your dentist is sometimes recommended. Topical fluoride is applied to the teeth in the form of a gel or solution. Fluoride treatments may be recommended every three, six or 12 months depending on your oral health and risk factors for developing gum disease.
According to the American Dental Association, most people should have their teeth cleaned at least every six months. In some cases, more frequent cleanings may be recommended. During a cleaning, tartar and plaque are gently removed from your teeth.Your teeth are also polished to help remove stains. Regular cleanings are one of the best ways to decrease your chances of developing gum disease.
Daily brushing and flossing are essential to decrease your risk of tooth decay. But there is also an extra measure you can take to prevent cavities from developing. Sealants are a thin material painted on the outside of the teeth. The sealants act as a barrier keeping acids and bacteria off the grooves of the teeth where cavities often form. After your teeth are cleaned and dried, the sealants are placed on the chewing surface of the teeth. Usually, sealants are placed on the back teeth, which are often more vulnerable to cavities. People of any age can have sealants placed, and they often last several years before they have to be reapplied.
Remember, preventative dental services are an investment in your oral health. With proper preventative care, you’ll protect your smile for years to come!