Our Approach to Preventative Care

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In addition to regular exams and cleanings, our dental office uses x-rays, fluoride treatments, and sealants to help prevent dental decay.

A pro-active preventative plan of dental care helps avoid serious and costly dental problems, and preserves the health and beauty of your smile.

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays differ from conventional x-rays by send image data straight to a computer instead of using traditional x-ray film. It can be viewed on screen while the sensor is still running, meaning that it can be zoomed in and rotated to help the dental staff find signs of problems more easily.

And although conventional x-rays already contain a very low dose of radiation, digital x-rays contain even less. Digital x-rays are an essential first step to creating a good preventative plan of care.

Digital X-Rays might reveal:

  • Cysts or abscesses
  • Bone loss
  • Tumors
  • Bad tooth and root positions
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Decay between teeth
  • Otherwise invisible problems, such as inside teeth or below the gum line

Fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral found in most people’s food and water that helps prevent tooth decay. Some people don’t get enough of it from those daily sources, and so a dentist might recommend certain professional or in-home fluoride treatments, especially for these reasons:

  • Deeper than usual pits and fissures on chewing surfaces
  • Exposed roots
  • Less-than-good oral hygiene habits
  • High carbohydrate or sugar intake
  • Recent tooth decay
  • Too little fluoride in food and water
  • Too little saliva flow

Fluoride treatment alone will not prevent tooth decay.

Remember to brush twice a day, floss regularly, cut down on sugars, and go to the dentist twice a year.

Sealants

A sealant is a tough plastic coating placed over a chewing surface or molars or premolars.

It’s especially used in pits and fissures because most tooth decay starts there since they are so hard to get into and clean.

A sealed tooth surface is smoother and easier to clean.

They are often recommended for the following:

  • Children and teenagers who get their first premolars in, as the years from 6-16 are highly cavity-prone
  • Adults whose teeth have deep grooves or pits, even if they haven’t had tooth decay yet
  • Occasionally for baby teeth, they too have deep fissures or are prone to cavities

Sealants work for years but should be checked for wear and tear at regular dental checkups.

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