Preventative dentistry refers to a combination of professional treatments and personal dental hygiene habits to reduce the risk of dental disease. There are numerous benefits to preventative dentistry — the most important of which being that it helps preserve your natural teeth and the confidence that comes with having a complete, attractive smile. Preventative dentistry services make it possible to detect any impending problems in their early stages, when they are more easily treatable with less-invasive measures. Ultimately, preventative dentistry can save you time, money and peace of mind by reducing your chances of serious dental problems.
Dr. Ashwini Bhave and our entire team believe in taking a proactive approach to dental health. By adopting certain at-home habits and seeing us regularly for professional services, you can maintain your dental health and enjoy a healthy smile for life.
Dental Exams and Cleanings
Any preventative dentistry routine should include regular dental exams and cleanings. During an exam, Dr. Bhave checks all of your teeth and the rest of the tissues inside your mouth for signs of decay, disease or other problems. X-rays may be taken to get a better look at the inside of your teeth and areas between your teeth.
Dental cleanings with a hygienist remove plaque and bacteria that have accumulated in your mouth and cannot be removed with brushing or flossing. Special tools and equipment are used to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums, guarding them against infection.
Most patients benefit from a cleaning and exam every six months; however, you may need more frequent cleanings based on your oral health and any existing problems.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral known to rebuild tooth enamel and reverse early signs of decay. Fluoride can be taken systemically by drinking fluoridated water or taking a fluoride supplement. Or, it can be applied topically to the teeth through the use of certain toothpastes or mouth rinses. Professional fluoride treatments performed in our office coat your teeth in fluoride to protect and strengthen your enamel.
Sealants are thin plastic coatings painted onto the grooves of the teeth to guard against bacteria that leads to tooth decay. Common in children, sealants can also be placed on adults with a history of tooth decay or weak tooth enamel.
Your Role in Preventative Dental Care
Developing healthy at-home hygiene habits plays a big role in preventing cavities, gum disease and other dental problems. The foundation of a healthy at-home hygiene routine is brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily. Other habits may include using a mouthwash after flossing, wearing a mouth guard when playing sports or wearing a night guard if you grind or clench your teeth at night. Making smart dietary choices and avoiding foods that can harm your tooth enamel and lead to cavities is also wise.
Preventative Dental Care in the Bay Area
If you would like us to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy and disease-free, please get in touch with us by calling or sending us an email today. We look forward to working with you!