A preventive dental program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
The dentist will screen your dental condition and evaluate potential signs of gum disease.
A dentist or hygienist will remove the tartar (hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth) and plaque (a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth).
Dental X-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam.
Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies.
A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of any deep grooves of the teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves.
SDF is an inexpensive, non-invasive medicament that is applied topically. It can provide immediate relief from dentinal hypersensitivity, kill pathogenenic organism and stop the process of decay. It also hardens softened dentin, making it more acid and abrasion resistant.
Your personal home care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.