Preventive dentistry highlights the importance of daily hygiene procedures and practices to prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases and conditions. Effective preventive dentistry combines oral care by patients at home with treatments and counseling by your dental professionals.
Our Preventive services includes the following areas:
Regular dental exams are an important part of preventive health care. During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. The dentist or hygienist will also evaluate your risk of developing other oral health problems, as well as check your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities. A dental exam might also include dental X-rays (radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures.
CLEANINGS (also known as a dental prophylaxis)
A dental prophylaxis is the medical term for a cleaning appointment. A prophylaxis thoroughly cleans the teeth to help keep your teeth, gums and mouth in good health, and to prevent or halt the progression of periodontal disease (gum disease).
Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are usually placed on the chewing (occlusal) surface of the permanent back teeth the molars and premolars to help protect them from decay.
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.
Fluoride is found naturally in water sources in small amounts. Some foods, such as meat, fish, eggs and tea, contain fluoride. It also is added to water in some areas. Many toothpastes, rinses and professional treatments contain fluoride. Prescription fluoride tablets are available for children who do not get fluoride in their water.
A night guard is an appliance that is custom-made and shaped to fit your bite and teeth. Its main function is to prevent the surfaces of your teeth from grinding together, causing you to chip and crack your teeth and strain your jaw muscles.
Sports guards, mouth guards and mouth protectors are different names for the same thing: a device worn over your teeth that protects them from blows to the face and head. No matter which type of mouth guard you choose, it should be resilient, tear-resistant and comfortable. It should also fit properly and not restrict your speech or breathing.