Preventative dentistry is the area of dentistry aimed to help people prevent oral diseases and its further development. Preventative care is a cooperative effort by patient, dentist and dental team to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress and recurrence of dental diseases and condition. Preventative dentistry includes not just in-office dental care, but at-home treatments as well.
During your preventative care visit in our office you can expect to experience:
Inspection of teeth, mouth and gums – using visual and tactile exams digital x-rays, and oral cancer screening.
Prophylaxis (professional cleaning of teeth that removes plaque and calculus) – recommended 2 to 4 times per year.
Sealants (if necessary)
Prescription fluoride applications (if necessary)
Professional personalized home care instruction by our periodontal therapist (hygienist) on proper brushing and flossing techniques as outlined by the ADA below:
- Regular brushing – the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing for 2 minutes two times per day with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Regular flossing – the ADA recommends flossing at least once a day.
- Rinsing with an anti-microbial mouthwash – recommended after each brushing.
- Eating a balanced diet and limiting between meal snacks.