Provided in our practice in the area of prevention are the following services:
- Complete examination including:
- Periodontal Screening
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Evaluation for Dental Caries (Decay)
- Evaluation for Infection
- Evaluation for TMJ
- Composite sealants for unfilled teeth at risk for decay
- Fluoride treatment
- Oral hygiene instructions
- Nutritional advice
Preventative dentistry is more than seeing your dentist once or twice a year and hoping everything is alright. It is the most personal and proactive action you can participate in to ensure a healthy oral environment. Recognizing that health in any part of your body is not an accident but a combination of good genes and proper self care helps ensure good oral health. There are many areas that fall under this category.
First and foremost, oral cancer screening is required yearly if not more often. The need for a filling is inconsequential compared to the early discovery of oral cancer. Next, annual periodontal screenings are vitally important to a healthy mouth. Without sound bone around your teeth and healthy gums you cannot have the comfortable, well functioning teeth and attractive smile that you want. Tooth decay is an infection. Like all infections, it is caused by bacteria. Remove the bacteria (plaque) and no decay. Or, just remove the bacteria’s food source and no decay. Since neither of these are easy to do, we try to minimize both influences by brushing, flossing and eating healthy foods. For some of us the acid level in our saliva is low and this makes it easier for us to control decay. For others it is a life-long battle. The use of fluoride, pit and fissure sealants, electric tooth brushes, Water-Piks and other products or devices can help in this effort. Even orthodontics or braces can be considered preventive in many ways because properly positioned teeth can work better and are easier to care for. Lastly, the mouth is not an isolated part of your body. Without disease control in the oral cavity your chances for other diseases are elevated. This is especially true of heart disease.