Preventative dentistry is the combined effort of the patient, dentist, and the dental staff in maintaining the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. Preventative care starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office with the efforts of the dentist and staff to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
Preventive care in a dental office includes prophylaxis, or the cleaning of the teeth, which removes accumulations of calculus. It includes examination of the teeth and soft tissue, using visual and tactile exams, radiographic examination, such as x-rays, and oral cancer screening.
An important part of preventive dentistry performed by our office is educating patients about at-home care, nutrition, and smoking cessation. At-home procedures performed by patients that help ward off dental disease include regular and proper brushing, flossing and sometimes use of mouth rinses and at-home fluoride applications. Dr. Biria and her staff explain proper brushing and flossing techniques.
The results of good preventive dental care are healthy teeth and gums throughout one’s life and the early detection of oral disease. Preventive procedures, such as fluoride applications and sealants, can prevent tooth decay. Regular dental checkups and oral cancer screenings can catch oral cancer at its most treatable stages. Dental checkups and consistent at-home preventive dental care can stave off caries (tooth decay) and periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss.
As a result of preventive dental care, people tend to keep their original teeth throughout life and don’t need as much restorative dental work.
Preventative Services include:
- Dental Exams & Cleanings
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Periodontal Scaling & Root Planning
- Home Care
- Digital Radiographs
- Oral Hygiene Aids
- NTI Clenching device