Preventive dentistry is the modern way of reducing the amount of dental treatment necessary to maintain a healthy mouth and to keep your teeth. The two major causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. The better we prevent or deal with these two problems, the more chance people have of keeping their teeth for life.
The joint efforts of the dentist, the hygienist and the patient, can help to prevent the need for treatment, and so avoid the traditional pattern of fillings and extractions.
A course of treatment may be recommended to get your mouth into good condition, and a maintenance plan will be worked out to help you keep it that way.
Regular hygiene appointments – allow the doctor and hygienist to monitor your oral health and to clean under your gum line where the toothbrush cannot reach.
They include thorough examination & cleaning (sanding & scaling); full-mouth and periodontal (gum) exam; oral cancer screening; periodic X-Rays to detect decay, bone loss or tumors; and Individual care consultations.
In order to preserve beautiful and healthy teeth it is advisable to have two dental hygiene appointments a year.
Fluoride Treatment – This treatment hardens the enamel on teeth to make it more difficult for cavities to start.
Cavity Detecting Laser – It is much more accurate than the sharp probe used in the past, and is totally painless. It allows us to find cavities undetectable with the probe.
Night Guard Therapy – Night guards are used as a treatment option to prevent damage to the dentition from grinding and clenching. It is a conservative, reversible treatment modality that is usually well tolerated by patients and is very successful.
Sanding – Removing tartar performed by using a mixture of sand and water under high pressure.
Scaling – Removing supragingival calculus with an ultrasound device.
Sealants – These plastic coatings are applied to molars and premolars to seal out decay-producing plaque. They are painlessly applied and last many years before renewing. Sealants serve in a preventive capacity to reduce the risk of cavities and more costly fillings. They can be applied on baby or adult teeth.
X-rays – These help the doctor detect cavities that cannot be seen by the eye (i.e., between teeth). Our use of digital X-rays reduces radiation up to 90%.