Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy.
Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep to prevent cavities, gum disease, enamel wear and more. There are several forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and professional dental cleanings. To maintain optimal oral health, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting your dentist at least once per year. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are clean, strong and white.
With good dental hygiene, you can greatly reduce your risk of getting cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental problems. This, in turn, can reduce your risk of secondary problems caused by poor oral health. Some health problems that may be linked to poor oral health are:
Premature birth and low birth weight may also be linked to poor oral health. You should continue to practice or adopt good preventive oral health if you’re pregnant. This includes visiting your dentist for routine checkups during your pregnancy.
In addition to reducing your risk for other health issues, practicing good preventive health can save you money. Even with dental insurance, the costs associated with poor oral hygiene can add up. While preventive dentistry may not completely eliminate your need for fillings, root canals, or dental implants, it can go a long way in reducing your need for these costly treatments.
Just like a physical exam, an oral exam helps keep your mouth healthy, maximizing good dental hygiene and minimizing the risk of future problems.
Dental exams are important for identifying existing dental issues and diseases early on, preventing bigger problems down the line. Moreover, a dental exam is a time to communicate forwardly with your dentist about pain, sensations or changes in your oral health.
An oral exam can help detect numerous oral health issues including gum disease and gum recession, tooth decay, orthodontic issues such as crowding, fractures and chipped teeth, congenitally missing teeth and oral cancer, and diagnose the need for fillings, root canals, orthodontic and other treatments. To be most effective, an oral exam typically needs the additional information supplied by x-rays.
X-rays are an integral part of oral exams because they help detect any problems not visible during an external examination. They can show how deep a cavity penetrates, if the root of a tooth is infected, and whether there is any bone loss. We use digital x-ray machines which offer patients a quicker, more comprehensive and more comfortable x-ray experience.
Dental x-rays are safe for healthy kids and adults. Children need x-rays of both primary (baby) and adult teeth, to ensure that the teeth are developing properly and free of cavities. Children typically need x-rays often, since their mouths and teeth change so rapidly. Although x-rays use radiation, their occasional use is not dangerous, and the valuable information they provide helps our doctors address the source of your main concern. Children should see a pediatric dentist from an early age to build healthy habits and ensure their teeth develop properly.
Dental x-rays are safe for healthy kids and adults. Pregnant women can and should visit the dentist, however many women do not see the dentist during the length of their pregnancy. Hormones during pregnancy are a cause of decay, bleeding and gum disease in many women.
The optimal time for a pregnant woman to seek dental treatment is during the second trimester. X-rays during pregnancy are safe; however a pregnant woman must be double shielded to keep the radiation from penetrating into the womb. If you are pregnant or suspect that you are let your dental team know. Although x-rays use radiation, their occasional use is not dangerous, and the valuable information they provide helps our doctors address the source of your main concern.
We provide high-quality dental care in state-of-the-art facilities, which feature a modern look, coffee bar, and special play and treatment rooms for kids.
Our doctors and dental team provide a thorough professional exam, every time, taking special care to: