Preventing Gum Disease
Two important facets of preventative dentistry involve daily brushing and flossing as well as regular routine dental cleanings and checkups. It is recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) to undergo at least two professional dental cleanings a year and to brush and floss after every meal.
Our practice can provide a wide variety of preventative and diagnostic services aimed at helping you to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. Generally speaking, we are able to provide nearly every type of preventative dental service without having to refer you to a specialist. It is important to us to offer a wide range of preventative care in order to save our valued patients’ time and to offer the added convenience of keeping your total dental care within one practice.
Our practice has a strong emphasis on offering our patients preventative care because we know and understand the value of optimal oral health. Total dental care always begins with the proper oral health routines at home and requires regular dental checkups and cleanings.
What Are Preventative Dental Services?
Some of the preventative dental services that we offer our patients include:
- Regular prophylaxis – Twice a year you should schedule a regular dental cleaning or regular prophylaxis. During this cleaning the hygienist will remove plaque and debris buildup from hard to reach places that your toothbrush and floss are unlikely to reach such as in between the teeth and under the gumline. After the teeth are thoroughly cleaned a fluoride treatment will be applied to protect the teeth.
- Sealants – Tooth sealants protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth that are incredibly difficult (if not impossible) to clean food out of. Food that is left in these depressions and grooves reacts with bacteria present in the mouth to produce acids that cause cavities. Sealants prevent the development of these cavities.
- Fluoride treatments – Fluoride is a substance that helps the teeth become not only more resistant to decay but stronger.
- Periodontal maintenance – The term “periodontal” literally translates to “around the tooth.” Therefor periodontal maintenance involves the process of thoroughly cleaning the area around and below the gum line.
- Night guard therapy – Night guards can help to protect the teeth from the harmful effects of teeth grinding or bruxism.
Like with most things in life, the best offense is a good defense. There is no difference when it comes to your oral health. In order to prevent oral health issues it is critical to practice proper oral hygiene at home and to take advantage of preventative services offered through our dental practice.
Preventative care is such an important part of maintaining optimal oral health that most insurance companies will cover any preventative dental care service.