Maintaining good oral health is essential for a healthy and happy life. As the saying goes, prevention is always better than cure, and this holds true for dental care as well. Preventative dentistry is a proactive approach to maintaining good oral health by preventing dental problems before they occur. At our practices, we believe in the importance of preventative dentistry and offer a range of services to help you achieve a healthy, happy smile.
Preventative Dentistry: The Proactive Approach to Maintaining Good Oral Health
Regular Dental Check-Ups and Cleanings
Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential to maintaining good oral health.
These visits allow our experienced dental professionals to detect any issues early and treat them before they become more serious.
Our team uses the latest technology and techniques to provide you with comprehensive dental care that is tailored to your individual needs. During your check-up, our dental professionals will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and gums, looking for signs of decay, gum disease, and other issues. We may also take X-rays to get a more detailed view of your teeth and jaw. After the examination, we will perform a cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar buildup on your teeth.
This cleaning helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, keeping your teeth and gums healthy and strong.
In addition to regular check-ups and cleanings, we also offer a range of preventative treatments to help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Two common treatments we offer are fluoride treatments and dental sealants.
Fluoride treatments help to strengthen your teeth and prevent cavities. Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps to remineralize your teeth, making them stronger and more resistant to decay. During a fluoride treatment, we apply a fluoride gel to your teeth, allowing the mineral to absorb into the enamel.
Dental sealants provide a protective barrier to help prevent decay. Sealants are a thin, plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. This coating helps to prevent food and bacteria from getting stuck in the grooves of your teeth, reducing the risk of decay.
Educating Patients About Good Oral Hygiene Practices
We understand the importance of educating our patients about good oral hygiene practices. Our dental professionals are passionate about helping you achieve a healthy, happy smile, and we are always happy to provide advice on how to care for your teeth and gums at home.
During your visit, we will provide you with tips and techniques to help you brush and floss effectively, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease. We will also discuss any lifestyle habits that may be impacting your oral health, such as smoking or a diet high in sugar.
The Benefits of Preventative Dentistry
Preventative dentistry not only helps to maintain good oral health, but it can also help to save you time and money in the long run. By detecting and treating dental issues early, you can avoid more costly and invasive treatments down the track. This can include procedures such as root canals, crowns, and even tooth extractions.
Preventative dentistry is a proactive approach to maintaining good oral health by preventing dental problems before they occur. Regular check-ups and cleanings, preventative treatments, and education about good oral hygiene practices are all essential components of preventative dentistry. By taking a proactive approach to your oral health, you can enjoy a healthy, happy smile for years to come.
What is an OPG xray?
A Orthopantomography (OPG) is a rotational panoramic dental x-ray that allows the dentist to view the upper and lower jaw in a 2-dimensional format. It is a simple x-ray that provides the clinician with an overall view of your jaw, teeth and joints. It helps diagnose diseases of teeth and bone, and is generally done for most patients that require surgical, periodontal or dental treatment.
How often should I visit the dentist for preventative check-ups?
It is recommended to visit the dentist for a check-up every six months, or as recommended by your dentist based on your individual needs and risk factors.
Are fluoride treatments safe?
Yes, fluoride treatments are safe when administered by a dental professional in appropriate doses. They are an effective way to strengthen teeth and prevent cavities.
How do dental sealants work?
Dental sealants are a thin, protective coating that is applied to the surfaces of the teeth to prevent decay. They work by creating a barrier that prevents food particles and bacteria from getting trapped in the deep grooves and crevices of the teeth.
Can children benefit from preventative dentistry?
Absolutely. In fact, children are especially susceptible to tooth decay and other dental problems, so preventative care is particularly important for them.
Is preventative dentistry covered by insurance?
Many dental insurance plans cover preventative care such as regular check-ups and cleanings, as well as some preventative treatments like fluoride treatments and dental sealants. However, it's important to check with your specific insurance plan to confirm what is covered.