Preventative dentistry is the simple practice of following a dental routine that aims to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. If you follow a schedule of regular cleanings and check-ups you can actually reduce your dental costs in the long run and stand a better chance of keeping your teeth for life. To learn more about maintaining a happy, healthy smile, and the best practices for effective preventative care, read on!
Preventive Care 101: Sealants, Fluoride, and Dental Exams
Your first line of defense for a continuously beautiful smile is to visit your dentist regularly. Generally, regular teeth cleanings are recommended every six months, but if you have specific concerns you are more than welcome to consult with your doctor. A typical dental exam begins with the general exam to determine your overall oral health. Then plaque and tartar will be removed from your teeth during the cleaning. At this point the use of fluoride and/or sealants may be advised and your doctor will be able to tell you what areas you should focus on during your at-home oral hygiene routine.
Fluoride treatments can help your teeth resist decay. Though fluoride treatments are typically recommended for children, you may benefit from the procedure if your teeth are particularly prone to cavities and rot. Also, your dentist may prescribe a high-strength fluoride toothpaste for daily use.
This treatment is usually used on molars. Sealants are applied to the biting surfaces of the teeth, protecting the deep grooves and hard-to-reach crevices from decay. You see, every time you eat bacteria can gather in these grooves, forming plaque and, eventually, cavities. The practice of applying sealant, smooths the surface of the tooth and makes it easier for you ( and your dentist) to clean.
At Fair Lakes Family Dentistry we pride ourselves in putting our patients’ health first. If you would like to discuss preventative care options or begin your journey to a healthier smile, please contact us.