Preventative Dentistry | Yorktown Dental Spa
Preventative Dentistry services help you avoid dental issues like gum disease and cavities to maintain optimal oral health. Please continue reading for a discussion of preventative dentistry services at Yorktown Dental Spa.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you should visit a dentist at least once every few months. This is necessary to seek preventative dentistry services that are essential for the maintenance of optimal oral health. Preventative dentistry can help you avoid oral health issues like gum disease, cavities, and other issues.
At Yorktown Dental Spa, we provide a wide range of preventative dentistry services to help you and your family maintain perfect dental health. Please continue reading for a discussion of why you need preventative dentistry and our services.
Benefits of Preventative Dentistry
Preventative dentistry is crucial for everyone — regardless of your oral hygiene habits. However, it’s especially useful for young children because they’re not known for their oral health diligence and preventative dentistry allows their permanent teeth to come out properly.
The following is a brief overview of the advantages of preventative dentistry:
- You don’t suffer from dental diseases like cavities, gingivitis, and other such issues.
- The dental hygienist or dentist identifies warning signs of dental issues at an early stage.
- It helps you identify weaknesses in your teeth structure before they can affect your oral health. For example, if you have crooked or misaligned teeth, you may eventually suffer from bruxism and loss of enamel from your teeth. By identifying that early, you can opt for corrective measures to preserve your dental health.
- Preventative dentistry services also disinfect your mouth and remove all bacteria, plaque, and tartar — this, in turn, helps you avoid gum disease.
- By avoiding gum disease, you also avoid secondary diseases like diabetes, cancer, and respiratory issues.
- Optimal oral health during pregnancy also helps avoid pregnancy-related issues like premature birth.
- Preventative dentistry services also include oral cancer examinations. If there are any warning signs of precancerous lesions, the dentist can treat them before you develop oral cancer.
Preventative Dentistry Services
Maintaining optimal oral hygiene is important. You can observe oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash. However, oral hygiene doesn’t end here — it’s just as important to go for regular dental cleaning appointments once every six months.
Regardless of how well you brush and floss your teeth, food particles may still get stuck between your teeth. They don’t have to be large food particles but even micro-particles can wreak havoc on your teeth in the long run. The food particles eventually turn into plaque, which eventually hardens into a substance called tartar.
The accumulation of plaque and tartar attracts bacteria that feast on them and release toxins. The presence of bacteria also leads to dental decay and bacterial infection, which leads to cavities and gum disease. As such, no matter how well you brush your teeth, oral hygiene isn’t complete without preventative dentistry services.
Scaling & Polishing
Scaling and Polishing is a procedure in which the dentist or dental hygienist uses a special device to scrape off and remove all of the accumulated plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums.
The dentist will use a scaler device to remove the accumulated plaque and tartar. Following that, they’ll brush your teeth with abrasive toothpaste and help you floss carefully — this will help remove all trace amounts of plaque and tartar. They’ll also ask you to rinse your mouth with a dentist-approved fluoride solution and finally apply a fluoride paste to your teeth to protect it from bacteria for a few months.
During your preventative dentistry appointment, the dentist will also run an x-ray examination. This will be done to look for signs of gum disease and other concerning signs like lumps or lesions.
Digital x-rays are completely safe and they allow the dentist to visualize all of your oral cavities. If there’s any concerning signs, they’ll curate a treatment plan to prevent the issue from getting worse. For example, if they note that you have gum disease and that there’s a wide pocket of space between your gums and teeth, they’ll use the root planing procedure to smoothen your teeth’s roots and reattach it to your gums.
Optimal Oral Hygiene Discussion
At the end of your preventative dentistry appointment, the dentist will also discuss your oral hygiene habits and recommend how to maintain optimal dental health. They’ll discuss the following:
- The type of toothbrush and toothpaste ideal for your teeth.
- Recommended antibacterial mouthwash for you.
- How to floss your set of teeth for optimal impact.
- The frequency of your dental deep cleaning sessions.
- The possibility of opting for orthodontic procedures or other preventative treatments to avoid possible future dental issues.
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Preventative Dentistry Q&A
What are the common preventative dentistry services?
The most common preventative dentistry services include regular oral exams, deep teeth cleaning, and routine x-ray exams.
What kind of dentist offers preventative dentistry services?
All general dentists and pediatric dentists can offer preventative dentistry services.
Are dental fillings a part of preventative dental care?
Dental fillings fall under the category of ‘restorative dentistry’ because they’re only necessary after you get cavities. However, regular preventative dentistry can help you avoid needing dental fillings altogether.
Is preventative dental care covered by insurance?
Most dental insurances cover preventative dentistry services to an extent. Most insurances cover up to two dental cleanings a year, fluoride treatments, and x-rays.
Schedule your Preventative Dentistry Appointment
Yorktown Dental Spa is currently one of the best preventative dentistry clinics in Houston, Texas. We have highly-qualified dentists who examine your dental health and provide preventative dental care for your entire family at an incredibly affordable rate. Located just three blocks down from The Galleria at 5373 W Alabama St, our dental clinic is also highly accessible. So please schedule your preventative dentistry appointment today.