What Is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive Dentistry refers to the practices and procedures that preserve the health of the teeth. Teeth cleanings and oral examinations are the main parts of preventive dentistry, helping to keep your teeth clean and free of plaque that causes decay. It also aids in the prevention of gum disease, an oral health condition that is caused by a buildup of plaque on the teeth.
Benefits of Preventive Dentistry
There are many benefits of preventive dentistry:
- Keeps teeth healthy. Dental cleanings involve the removal of plaque, a sticky film made of food residue and bacteria that clings to the teeth. When plaque is not removed by brushing and flossing, it hardens and becomes much more difficult to remove, requiring professional dental tools. Professional teeth cleaning removes plaque to prevent it from causing decay, or damage to the enamel.
- Keeps gums healthy. Plaque that lingers on the teeth for too long can eventually infect the gum tissue, resulting in gum disease. Professional teeth cleaning removes plaque to prevent gum disease from developing.
- Prevents the need for restorative procedures. Dental cleanings to remove plaque prevents tooth decay, which would otherwise need to be treated with restorative procedures such as fillings and root canals.
- Saves time and money. Preventive dentistry is typically covered by most dental insurance plans and is highly affordable even without insurance. It can also prevent the need for more complex dental treatment that may cost more and take up more of your time going to the dentist’s office.
Comprehensive Evaluation / Oral Examination
A comprehensive oral evaluation checks for any dental or oral health concerns, such as signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer
This includes a thorough cleaning of the teeth using dental tools to remove plaque and calculus from the teeth.
A tooth that has deep grooves or crevices has a higher risk of tooth decay. Dental sealants can fill in these problems spaces for a more even tooth surface.
Fluoride is a mineral that naturally strengthens tooth enamel. It is contained in most toothpastes, but a fluoride treatment applied in the dental office has a higher concentration of fluoride that can help keep your teeth healthy and free of decay.
Custom Mouth Guards and Night Guards
A variety of activities and sports put your teeth at risk for damage. We create custom mouth guards for our patients that are comfortable and help protect your teeth.
Teeth grinding is a common habit that often occurs at night while you sleep. We provide custom night guards to protect your teeth and jaw from the harmful effects of teeth grinding.
Custom Sleep and TMJ Guards
TMJ and Sleep Disorders affect a high percentage of the population. We screen and assess for these conditions and can fabricate a guard unique to you.
Why Choose Wahpeton Family Dentistry?
At Wahpeton Family Dentistry we believe in providing the highest quality dental care in a family friendly environment. We believe that the foundation for a lifetime of excellent dental and oral health starts at home. When families make the health of their teeth and mouth a priority together, it increases the chances that patients will keep their natural teeth for the rest of their life. In addition to caring for your teeth when you come into our office, we provide families with the education and tools they need to adequately care for their teeth at home.