The Best Dental Care Starts Here
You’ve been told to take good care of your teeth since you were a child. However, somewhere along the way, from childhood to adulthood, it’s easy to get behind on dental hygiene. Why is it essential to maintain proper dental hygiene? Although seeing a dentist when you have dental discomfort or detect a troubling sign (such as bleeding gums) is essential, the foundation of a healthy mouth starts with preventative dentistry.
What is Preventative Dentistry?
Preventative dentistry is a type of dental care that focuses on preventing the development or progression of various oral health issues. Dr. Desai and our dental hygienist provide a wide range of dental services and treatments, including preventive dental care. As the name suggests, preventive dental care keeps dental issues at bay. Almost all dental problems can be avoided, such as cavities, gum disease, and fractured teeth. By visiting Main Street Dental regularly, we will be able to detect any early warning signs of high-risk areas and provide you with preventive alternatives to prevent illness from developing.
How Can I Protect My Teeth?
First, brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes or more with a soft-bristle brush is recommended. If you want to take it to the next level, choose an electric toothbrush with a timer, which will remind you to brush for the whole two minutes. Brushing with an electric toothbrush also prevents you from brushing too hard, leading to gum disease. Then, floss your teeth and rinse with mouthwash at least once a day. Finally, schedule regular cleanings and dental checkups with Dr. Desai twice a year. He can recognize potential problems early on and take action. In some circumstances, the issue can be resolved immediately rather than escalating (filling a cavity, for example). In other cases, he or your hygienist may merely offer guidance (to brush more softly, for example, to prevent receding gums).
What Does Preventative Dentistry Include?
Preventive dental care comprises a wide range of procedures because it covers any treatment that helps to prevent dental disease. Preventive dental care technically encompasses any product recommended by your dentist to counteract a specific risk factor. Preventive dental treatment, for example, is when Dr. Desai suggests you start using a fluoride-based anti-cavity mouthwash. The following are the most common procedures we conduct to prevent oral issues.
Professional Dental Cleanings – Our skilled dental hygienists provide gentle and comprehensive teeth cleanings that are particularly efficient in removing surface issues like plaque and tartar. However, if you have gingivitis or gum disease in its early stages, we may prescribe a deep cleaning. This procedure removes additional germs and plaque buildup from beneath the gum line and between your teeth. It could aid in preventing periodontal disease, a painful condition that puts your teeth at risk. This is an important form of preventative dental care service, so don’t put it off if you need it.
Fluoride Treatment – Fluoride is a mineral found in the ground that helps to strengthen enamel and prevent teeth from cavities. Fluoride is added to the water supply in most areas. However, some people do not receive fluoride in their drinking water, raising their risk of cavities. Dr. Desai will frequently recommend a professional fluoride application to help you reduce your risk of developing new cavities between appointments. This is beneficial to people who have a higher-than-average risk of tooth decay. The application is extremely speedy and easy to use. You can choose one at any time during your visit to our clinic.
Dental Sealants – Dental sealants are a type of treatment used to prevent deterioration in teeth’ deep grooves and pits. Sealants are a protective coating that we apply to your teeth to prevent decay. It aids in the protection of the tooth’s soft tissues, which are particularly vulnerable to bacterial damage and frequently result in cavities. If you’ve had cavities, fillings, or root canals in the past, we may suggest this form of preventive dental care to help you avoid them in the future. Sealing the grooves of teeth not only keeps out cavity-causing bacteria; it creates a smoother, shallower surface that is easy to clean.
Preventative Dentistry Process
A professional cleaning begins by removing tartar and plaque that have built up since your last appointment; they are difficult to remove on your own, even with daily brushing and flossing. Our trained dental hygienist will carefully scrape away debris without harming your enamel using specialized tools. To begin, your dental hygienist will use an ultrasonic instrument with high-speed vibrations and a lubricating mist to dislodge larger chunks of plaque. After that, we’ll remove smaller bits with a fine handheld instrument. We will then scale each tooth individually to eliminate any tartar and plaque. We’ll gently polish your enamel to remove stains once your teeth are free of tartar and plaque. After your cleaning, we can give you a professional fluoride treatment to help protect your teeth even more.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should seek preventative dental care:
- Chewing or swallowing problem
- Inflamed gums
- Gums that are bleeding
- Swelling or pain in the lips, face, or neck
- Mouth sores that won’t go away
- Bad breath
- Pain when you drink or consume something
Are you ready to take the necessary measures to keep your mouth healthy now that you understand the importance of preventative dental care? Contact our dental office in East Dundee if you’re seeking an experienced and friendly dentist to help you keep your teeth in the best possible shape.