Preventative dentistry identifies routine health problems before they start and identifies serious oral health problems so they can be properly treated before they worsen. Maintaining regular exams and cleanings prevents small problems from becoming major concerns and is far less costly than having your teeth repaired or replaced.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene which includes brushing, flossing and a well balanced diet. It also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays by your dentist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
Adult care and prevention focuses on preventing tooth decay and gum disease, the preservation of natural tooth structure, and early detection and treatment of serious oral problems.
Prevention is the key to a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.
X-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential part of any dental treatment plan. It is a picture of teeth/bone that aids in the diagnosis of any abnormalities in the mouth. It allows the dentist or hygienist to see problems with the teeth or jaw that may not have been visible with a routine visual examination.
Fluoride is an important mineral that aids in the process of strengthening and maintaining the integrity of the enamel coating on the teeth. Enamel is constantly battling against plaque, bacteria and sugars in the mouth that cause decay. Fluoride is applied to the teeth to help make the enamel more resistant to this decay.
The vast majority of dental procedures are necessary due to inadequate home care by the patient on a daily basis. The mouth is full of bacteria that, when maintained at normal levels, aid in digestion of food and prevent harmful bacteria and fungal infections from getting a foothold. Proper homecare maintains this healthy balance.
Just as the field of dentistry has advanced through the years, so have our preventive services. What was often referred to as "just a cleaning", is now much more. A professional dental cleaning includes the cleaning and polishing of teeth. However, some of the other services include a thorough hard and soft tissue evaluation, oral cancer screening, periodontal disease screening, and much more.
Sealants protect the chewing surface of the permanent back teeth against bacteria and acids that cause tooth decay. The plastic resin is placed into the depressions and grooves of the teeth and a light is used to cure it to the enamel which protects the enamel from plaque and acids.