Preventive Dental Services
Brushing your teeth twice a day and regular flossing are excellent for maintaining a healthy mouth between office visits, however a beautiful and heathy smile require routine general and preventative care to stay that way. At Best Impression Dental we understand many people avoid the dentist due to fear of pain and cost of treatment. Detecting problems such as small cavities, oral diseases and gum disease early makes them easier and less costly. It will never be easier or cheaper than it is today!
The benefits of preventative dentistry are numerous, and patients of all ages can realize its goal: keeping gum disease, sensitivity, cavities and other common conditions at bay. If early signs of cavities and gum disease can be reversed, then patients can look forward to a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Did you know that a full mouth reconstruction can cost between $45,000 and $80,000? By practicing preventive dentistry, you can safeguard yourself from these dental costs!
Preventive dentistry emphasizes the importance of ongoing hygiene procedures and daily practices to prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases and conditions. Effective preventive dentistry combines at-home oral care by patients with chairside treatments and counseling by dental professionals.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a minimum of two dental checkups each year for professional cleaning and management of any developing conditions. Adhering to this recommendation can help your dentist stop dental disease in its earliest stages, protecting your smile and limiting your expense.
Begin daily tooth cleaning as soon as your child’s first tooth erupts. Your child should see the dentist when the first tooth erupts, or no later than 12 months of age, to establish a comprehensive oral health prevention program. At Best Impression Dental we love to see the whole family!
Preventive Dentistry Strategies
Preventive oral care strategies for children and adults include numerous in-office and home care activities, including:
At-home oral hygiene.
The most important prevention technique is brushing and flossing at least twice a day (or after every meal) to remove dental plaque, a film-like coating that forms on your teeth. If not removed, plaque can build up and produce dental tartar, a hardened, sticky substance with acid-producing bacteria that cause tooth decay and lead to gum disease.
Fluoride strengthens teeth and prevents tooth decay. Fluoride treatments are provided in dental offices, and dentists recommend using fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses at home.
A balanced diet is a dental health essential. Foods with sugars and carbohydrates feed the bacteria that produce dental plaque, while calcium-poor diets increase your chances of developing gum (periodontal) disease and jaw deterioration.
Regular dental visits
Since most dental conditions are painless at first, if you don’t regularly visit your dentist, you may not be aware of dental problems until they cause significant damage. For best results, schedule regular dental check-ups every six months.
Dental cleanings and screenings
A dental cleaning (prophylaxis) is recommended every six months to remove dental plaque and stains you’re unable to remove yourself, as well as to check for signs of tooth decay.
X-rays enable dentists to look for signs of dental problems that are not visible to the naked eye, such as cavities between teeth and problems below the gum line.
Sealants are thin composite coatings placed on the chewing surfaces of back permanent teeth to protect your child from tooth decay.
Patients who understand the outcome of poor dental health are more likely to see their dentist for preventive dentistry treatments. Instilling excellent oral hygiene habits significantly helps ensure a lifetime of dental health.
Our practice offers preventative care designed to help you keep your smile both healthy and beautiful. Let us help you keep your teeth and gums strong and disease free. Contact our office today to schedule your cleaning or consultation.