WHAT IS PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY?
Routine Dental Visits and Proper Oral Hygiene
Proper oral hygiene does not only prevent caries and periodontal disease but also affects our overall health and well-being.
Our preventive dentistry services include:
- Regular oral exams, usually every 6 months
- Teeth cleaning
- Routine X-rays
Our Oral Exams
Oral exams allow us to identify any issues with your oral health, make a plan to treat them and help prevent any future issues. It includes the following:
Diagnostic x-rays: An examination of radiographs to detect cysts, decay, bone loss, etc. Radiographs also help determine the position of the tooth and root.
Oral cancer screening: an examination of the neck, lips, tongue, gums, and other oral tissues for signs of oral cancer.
Evaluation of gum disease: Check of the bone and gums around the teeth for any signs of gum (periodontal) disease
Check for tooth decay: an in depth look at all surfaces for tooth decay
Examination of existing restorations: an examination of current dental restorations such as crowns, fillings, etc.
Did you know that the build up of plaque and tartar is one of the primary sources of bad breath? Gum and breath mints may offer a partial and temporary solution, however booking regular cleanings will not only help with bad breath, but help to maintain whiter teeth, a cleaner feeling in your mouth, and lead to a bigger smile! Our cleanings include:
- Removal of tartar: Tartar is a result of plaque hardening after it has been left on your tooth for a while and is now firmly bonded to the tooth surface. Tartar typically forms both below and above the gum line and only special dental instruments can remove it. Tartar is a result of plaque hardening after it has been left on your tooth for a while and is now firmly bonded to the tooth surface. Tartar typically forms both below and above the gum line and only special dental instruments can remove it.
- Plaque removal: Plaque is a sticky, barely visible film that grows on your teeth due to a buildup of food particles and bacteria. The bacteria produce harmful toxins that cause gum inflammation and that can lead to gum disease.
- Polishing: Teeth polishing removes plaque and stains that your dentist cannot remove during scaling and brushing.
Your Role in Prevention
Preventive dental care starts with you. Developing healthy dental habits early in life can help reduce cavities, gum disease, gingivitis, and improve your overall health. We recommend you incorporate the following into your routine:
Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day—usually morning and night—using a soft bristled brush and a fluoride toothpaste. We will recommend the best toothbrush and toothpaste for you and instruct you on how to properly brush.
Floss daily to get food that’s stuck between teeth before it turns to plaque. Use a mouthwash or a coconut oil swish to rinse out food particles after flossing.
Avoid acidic foods that can harm tooth enamel, especially soft drinks.
Be cautious with hard foods, like some candies, foods with bones, seeds, or pits that could damage or chip teeth.
Be careful to limit your consumption of sugar, which can demineralize your teeth.
Don’t smoke or use tobacco products—these can lead to cancer and other dental problems.
Use a mouth guard when participating in certain sports. If you grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist for a nighttime mouth guard to help reduce gum recession.