Preventive dentistry is what you and your dentist do to help prevent dental disease. The first step to a healthy smile starts with proper home care. In addition to brushing and flossing at least twice a day, regular visits to the dentist are the most effective way to diagnose dental issues BEFORE they cause significant damage. Through regular wellness examinations, routine cleanings and necessary x-rays, our clinicians can evaluate not only your oral health, but your overall health as well.
Periodic Wellness Exams:
Regular exams with your dentist are the first steps in preventing future problems. Exams allow your dentist to review your oral health and to discuss any tooth decay, gum disease, or oral health problems you may have. Your dentist will visually inspect your teeth as well as review current x-rays to determine a treatment plan best suited for you.
A prophylaxis (cleaning) is more than just a teeth cleaning and a sparkling smile, it is essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Even with regular brushing and flossing, plaque and tartar can build up on your teeth. Left untreated, these deposits can lead to more serious problems in the future. Your hygienist can halt the progression of periodontal disease and gingivitis by using special tools to remove dental plaque and calculus. Professional cleanings may be recommended at three, four, or six month intervals, depending on each individual’s oral health.
Necessary X-rays, enable your dentist and hygienist to look for signs of dental problems that are not visible to the naked eye. It is the best way to find cavities between teeth and problems below the gum line such as infections or bone loss. Digital x-rays are faster, easier, and emit up to 90% LESS radiation than conventional film x-rays.
Oral Cancer Screenings:
With over 35,000 Americans diagnosed with oral cancer each year, regular oral cancer screenings are crucial to your health. These painless screenings are done by your dentist or hygienist and take only minutes. Your clinician will visually inspect your entire mouth as well as palpitate along your jaw and neck for suspicious changes. Oral cancer screenings are recommended at least once every six months.