The purpose of preventive dentistry is to help us keep our teeth and gums healthy today and every day, eliminating gum disease and tooth decay.
We all have teeth – and we all want to keep them for life!
The two primary causes of tooth loss: decay and gum disease, are caused by bacteria in the mouth. Both of these problems can be dramatically minimized, if not prevented, through proper dental hygiene.
Some of the elements of proper dental hygiene include:
- Brushing twice a day
- Eating a balanced diet
- Limiting between-meal snacks
- And seeing your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and oral exam!
Additional preventive methods include the application of dental sealants and exposure to fluoride in the form of fluoridated drinking water, toothpaste, mouthwash, or fluoride treatments directly applied by your dentist.
The vast majority of dental disease can be prevented, but only through the consistent practice of the prevention methods discussed.
Our friendly and experienced team will help you learn more about proper brushing and flossing, gum disease, tooth decay, dental sealants.
More detailed Information On: PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY
Dental sealants act as a preventative step against tooth decay. Much like how fluoride protects tooth surfaces, sealants complement the fluoride’s effect for those grooved areas of children back teeth. Their application is a fairly simple procedure with minimal discomfort, if any at all. dentist will give teeth a thorough cleaning first, before applying the sealant to their chewing surfaces. After the sealant is put on, it bonds with the existing tooth enamel, and the use of a curing light helps the sealant to harden in place. The entire process can be performed in a single visit.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that strengthens teeth. This can help to prevent tooth decay. Experts say the best way to prevent tooth decay is to use several sources of fluoride. Dental office fluoride treatments commonly are given to children as their teeth are developing. A child who has a history of cavities or is at high risk of decay should use additional fluoride. This promotes reminerealization of the teeth. Many children get fluoride treatments every six months. The treatments provide extra protection against cavities, even if children already drink fluoridated water. Your child may need at-home fluoride therapy like mouth wash or gels.