Preventative care aims to reduce the amount of dental treatment that you need by working together with you to maintain a healthy mouth.
Teeth Cleanings (Prophylaxis)
A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning procedure performed to thoroughly clean the teeth. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for halting the progression of periodontal disease and gingivitis.
Benefits of Prophylaxis / teeth cleanings:
- Tartar removal – Tartar and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can cause serious periodontal problems if left untreated.
- Aesthetics – Prophylaxis can rid the teeth of unsightly stains and return the smile to its former glory.
- Fresher breath – The removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria noticeably improves breath and alleviates irritation.
- Identification of health issues – Since prophylaxis involves a thorough examination of the entire oral cavity, the dentist is able to screen for oral cancer, evaluate the risk of periodontitis and often spot signs of medical problems like diabetes and kidney problems.
Scaling is a deep cleaning below the gumline used to treat gum disease.
This deep cleaning has two parts.
- Scaling is when your dentist removes all the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) above and below the gumline, making sure to clean all the way down to the bottom of the pocket.
- Your dentist will then begin root planing, smoothing out your teeth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth. Scaling and root planing may take more than one visit to complete and may require a local anesthetic.
Fluoride treatment is one of the best defenses against tooth decay.
Fluoride helps the smooth surfaces of the teeth the most. Here are the benefits of Fluoride Treatments:
- Makes teeth more resistant to decay
- Repairs tiny areas of decay before they become big cavities
- Makes germs in the mouth less able to cause decay
Sealants (Prevent Decay)
Our teeth are covered with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. When we eat sugary foods, the bacteria turn the sugar that attacks our tooth enamel. Dental Sealants are a way to protect your teeth and prevent decay.
How do Dental Sealants work?
A Dental Sealant is a plastic material applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant material flows into the pits and grooves in the teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel by sealing out plaque, bacteria, and food.
How long do Dental Sealants last?
Sealants usually last several years before they need to be replaced. Over time, sealants can become loose or worn. During regular dental visits, your dentist will check your sealants and reapply if needed.
Mouth Guards (Prevent Injury)
Anyone involved in a recreational activity that poses a risk of injury to the mouth can obtain smile protection with a Sports Mouthguard.
Your dentist can create a custom-made mouth protector individually designed and constructed to fit your mouth. They have an exceptionally good fit, comfort and overall quality.