Preventive Dentistry

 

 

 

Preventive Dentistry is always better than Emergency Dentistry!

 

 

Sure, you may take excellent care of your teeth at home with daily brushing and flossing. Yet regular oral hygiene visits are vital for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy, preventing potentially serious problems. 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 stop your dental disease in its earliest stages, reducing your risk of needing more complex–often more painful and expensive–treatment in the future.

 

Why is oral hygiene important?

With good dental hygiene, patients greatly reduce their risk of getting cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental problems. Besides, an increasing body of scientific evidence indicates that oral health and overall health may be associated. Maintaining a clean mouth benefits overall health.

 

What happens during oral hygiene visits?

Depending upon your unique situation and dental health, your visit may include any combination of the following diagnostic, preventive or educational services.

 

Diagnostic Services:

  • Take necessary cavity-detecting x-rays

  • Assess your periodontal (gum) tissue

  • Evaluate excising dental restorations for proper fit, function and aesthetics

  • Check your bite and chewing patterns

  • Review and update your medical history

  • Record any changes in your prescribed medications and physical condition

  • Evaluate possible cosmetic enhancements of your smile

  • Identify any cause of bad breath (halitosis)

  • Examine and screen for oral cancer

  • Check your blood pressure

  • Develop a comprehensive treatment plan

 

Preventative Services:

  • Clean and scale teeth to remove all plaque and calculus (tartar)

  • Remove surface stains from the teeth

  • Apply pit and fissure sealants to help prevent decay

  • Fluoride application

  • Polish teeth and gold, silver or composite resin fillings or crowns

 

Educational Services:

  • Instruction in tooth brushing and flossing

  • Counseling in proper nutrition

  • Presentation of prescribed dental treatment

  • Recommending future treatment (orthodontics, periodontal therapy, etc.)

 

How often should oral hygiene services be scheduled?

Because each patient's needs are different, you should check with us to see what's appropriate for you. Typically, oral hygiene visits are scheduled for every six months .

 

When should oral hygiene services begin?

it's important that children visit a dentist when they are one year old or have their first tooth. By beginning exams at an early age, we have time to create positive experiences for your child to set the stage for a lifetime of quality dental care.

 

How do I maintain dental health between visits?

A beautiful smile is up to you! In addition to regular oral hygiene visits, it's important that you eat a balanced diet and make sure to floss and brush every day. For more information on dental home care, please see here.

 

 

Please call to make an appointment so we can check your teeth and gums. At Spring Premier Dental, it is our goal to help you preserve your smile for a lifetime.