There are many ways to keep your teeth in good condition. By incorporating preventative dental care into your oral routine, you can help your teeth stay stronger for longer and avoid certain health conditions. Preventative dental care involves regular check-ups with a dentist and good practices you can implement at home.
Preventative dental care is crucial for having healthy teeth and gums, avoiding health conditions and disease, and having a confident smile. These treatments are aimed at preventing cavities, gingivitis, and enamel wear.
With Dr. Cynthia Mikula, you are in good hands. She believes in the benefits of preventative dental care. She will provide a comfortable environment so that you can have a successful and enjoyable experience with us. At Cynthia J. Mikula, DDS, we offer professional preventative dental care services and education. We also encourage proper dental care at home.
Preventative Dental Treatments
You don’t have to only visit a dentist when you have a cavity or sore gums or are experiencing oral pain. Preventative dental care helps you avoid emergency visits and maintain good oral health. Here are a few ways that preventative dental care is carried out to protect your gums, teeth, and mouth from disease and health conditions:
Thorough Oral Examination
A comprehensive oral examination can help detect dental issues before they become serious. This may include the following:
- Oral cancer screening involves examining your lips, tongue, throat, face, gums, neck, and tissue for any evidence of cancer.
- Diagnostic X-rays can help detect cysts, decay, tumors, and bone loss.
- Examining specifically for gum disease requires us to check your gums and bones that surround your teeth for any evidence of periodontal diseases.
- We also check the condition of your teeth restorations, such as crowns, implants, and filings, for any defects.
Oral Hygiene and Cleaning
General oral hygiene and dental cleaning also play a role in preventative dental care. Here are a few things we do to keep your teeth and gums clean:
- Plaque is a pale film that forms on your teeth. It is the result of food remains, bacteria, and saliva. The bacteria is toxic and can cause cavities and gum inflammation if it’s not removed.
- Tartar, or calculus, is a calcified plaque that builds up on the surface of your teeth. It typically forms above or below the gum line and can only be cleaned with specialized dental equipment.
- Teeth polishing can help you get rid of stains and plaques on the surface of your teeth to give you a brighter and cleaner smile.
Placement of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are small thin sheets of plastic that we place on the grooves of your teeth. They are typically placed on your back teeth since they are used more for chewing. The sealant acts as a shield against food debris and bacteria that is responsible for tooth cavities. Dental sealants can protect your teeth from decay and promote better dental health.
The process involves cleaning your teeth thoroughly with air abrasion to remove existing stains. The surface of your teeth is abraded to ensure the sealant bonds to your teeth. Once the surface of your teeth is dry, we will apply the sealant. We then use laser or ultraviolet light to harden the sealant. This fuses it to your teeth solidly to ensure maximum protection.
Home Care Education
In addition to receiving dental care from us, home care is also necessary to prevent oral health conditions and, ultimately, protect your overall health. Here are a few measures you can take to ensure your teeth and general oral hygiene are well-maintained and healthy:
A fluoride treatment aims to fortify your teeth through remineralization. Firstly, it fuses minerals into deteriorating areas of your tooth enamel. It also interrupts the production of acids caused by bacteria to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride treatments are considered economical because they can help avoid expensive oral health procedures in the future.
Flossing is essential to keeping your teeth clean because it reaches areas between your teeth that regular bushing does not. The goal is to disrupt the formation of plaque before it calcifies and forms calculus. It protects your teeth and can help keep your implants, crowns, and dentures clean. Flossing also helps to bring oxygen to the gums, protecting your gum health.
Why Is Preventative Dental Care Necessary?
Dental prophylaxis is a dental care method that involves regular check-ups and proper oral hygiene. Regular teeth cleaning and check-ups are essential to preventing dental disease. Here are a few benefits of having regular dental check-ups:
- Dental prophylaxis helps maintain good oral health, which results in fewer health issues over time.
- As you age, a protective layer over your teeth, called enamel, becomes eroded from various chemicals and substances from food and beverages. Regular preventative dental care avoids enamel erosion. Enamel erosion can lead to other dental issues, including hollows in your teeth, pain, sensitivity, loss of tooth surface, dry mouth, tooth decay, and bad breath.
- Regular dental check-ups can avoid cavities and make treatments easier and more cost-effective.
Schedule Your Preventative Dental Care Today
It’s no secret that looking after your teeth and general oral hygiene will benefit you. Preventative dental care entails more than just brushing and flossing to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You can rely on us to help you keep your teeth in good condition. At Cynthia J. Mikula, DDS, we offer a range of preventative dental services.
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