Preventive dentistry consists of a mix of dental examinations and the development of healthy oral hygiene habits. Here at Michael Regan, DMD Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, it is important for us to help you understand the different procedures covered by preventive dentistry, and how it can help you keep your teeth strong and healthy.
A professional dental cleaning is a basic procedure covered in our office with the goal of removing germs and tartar from the teeth, gum line, and interdental spaces. It should be carried over at least twice per year as a way to remove solidified bacterial plaque from the spots where it cannot be reached by a common toothbrush.
While it is possible to treat and control most oral health diseases, a dental exam is specifically necessary in order for them not to appear in the first place. During a dental exam, our team will clean your teeth and evaluate your mouth in search of the early stages of gum disease, cavities, tooth decay, and any other hidden issues you may present. After that, we will likely talk about your food and oral hygiene practices, and may even show you how to brush and floss properly. Other subjects might include the understanding of how your lifestyle affects your dental health, and how you may improve the appearance of your teeth. Dental X-rays (radiographs) or other diagnostic tests may be included in a dental exam.
Dental sealants are one of the most common procedures used in the prevention of toothaches and are most commonly performed on youngsters. It is our number one method for preventing cavities in children who are predisposed to them, particularly in the molars and premolars. These teeth feature fissures or pits that collect germs and food residue, which are hard to remove with a common toothbrush. As a result, sealing the teeth of a child is a particularly efficient technique to avoid childhood cavities and the difficulties that come with them.
Mouthguards are a type of cover that is placed over the teeth and molars to protect them from blows, fractures, and other types of impacts to the mouth. They are often recommended for athletes who participate in sports that involve heavy impacts to the face and mouth such as football, basketball, soccer, hockey, and skating. Mouthguards are prescribed for individuals who are undergoing orthodontic treatment (braces) or have another oral appliance, such as a bridge in the jaw.
Periodontal maintenance aims to keep gum or periodontal disease from arising, or control them if they have already appeared. Depending on the case, they may be required as frequently as every two months, since gum-related diseases tend to advance if left untreated and cannot be controlled by just maintaining good oral hygiene at home. Periodontal maintenance usually involves scaling and root planing, as well as tartar removal from the gums, as a way to prevent infections or collateral damage to your teeth.
Scaling and Root Planing
Gum or periodontal disease are commonly treated using scaling and root planing, a method that aims to remove tartar from the gums. Tartar or calculus is a hardened material formed when dental plaque builds up at the gum line. The periodontium, or the supporting structures of the gums and other tissues surrounding the teeth, can be damaged by this deposit.. We will remove hardened plaque from below the gum line with different devices, allowing the gums to appropriately protect the tooth roots. Polishing the roots of your teeth also helps to make plaque less prone to adhere to again. Preventive dentistry is important to avoid the development of oral health diseases that, left untreated, may become uncomfortable or even fatal.
If you have any further questions regarding any of the procedures involved in preventive dentistry, please contact us at 503-654-8283 today. At Michael Regan, DMD Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we are here to take care of your health and your teeth.
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