Preventive Dentistry Can Protect Teeth

Posted on: November 16, 2017

Preventive DentistryMany people visit our office for preventive dentistry. Preventive care involves taking a multiple layer approach to oral health. It begins with daily brushing and flossing, eating healthy and visiting the dentist. These three things must work in tandem to keep teeth healthy and strong.

In our office, we recommend visiting us for professional teeth cleaning twice per year. We also use a variety of treatment solutions such as fluoride treatments and dental sealant to help patients maintain pristine oral health. Fluoride can strengthen the teeth and dental sealant can work as a barrier to prevent plaque from touching the chewing services of the teeth and leading to decay.

Children are in definite need of preventive dentistry because they are more likely to damage their teeth. We provide parents with advice that can help on a daily basis to reduce the likelihood of children damaging teeth or developing cavities and infections.

Some ways that parents can protect the child’s teeth are:

  • Stay away from hard foods like jawbreakers, chewing on ice, etc.
  • Wear a mouth guard while playing or practicing sports, including sports like soccer
  • Brush and floss teeth twice a day to reduce the likelihood of dental decay
  • Visit a dentist for kids twice a year for a teeth cleaning, examination and preventive care
  • Have dental decay or infections treated immediately so that they cannot spread to other teeth
  • Remind children not to bite down on anything that is not edible such as pencils

Taking these steps can help to reduce the likelihood that a child will damage his or her teeth. However, if a child does damage his or her teeth, then we are here to provide assistance.

Options for dental restorations

We have multiple ways to restore damaged teeth for children and adults. One of the most popular methods is dental bonding. In this procedure, we can restore a cracked or chipped a tooth in one appointment without taking any invasive measures. We roughen the tooth and then place tooth-colored bonding material on the tooth, shaping it in place until the tooth is fully restored.

We ensure that the tooth looks natural and is highly functional. After the bonding material has hardened, a patient can leave and go back to live like normal. If the dental damage is severe, we are likely to recommend a dental crown instead.

A crown is a cap that surrounds the tooth so even if a large portion of the enamel is missing, we can restore it. We can place tooth-colored crowns so that they look entirely natural, something that is preferable for most of our patients. However, silver crowns are also effective for restoring teeth when that is what a patient prefers.

Learn more about our services

To find out more about how to prevent damage and decay, protect teeth or how we can restore them if damaged, call our office and schedule an appointment. today As a preventive dentistry office, we are here to help your family and to ensure that you have the best opportunity for maintaining healthy and functional teeth.

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