Keep Your Smile Healthy
With Preventive dentistry
The best way to keep your mouth healthy is to maintain a good at-home oral care routine and to see a dentist like Dr. Dan at Horizon Dental for regular preventive care. By preventing common oral health issues, you can save time and money and get valuable peace of mind. Learn more below, or schedule a checkup today.
What is Preventive dentistry?
Understanding the basics
As the name suggests, preventive dentistry is not focused on restoring damaged teeth or treating oral diseases like gum disease. Instead, it’s intended to help you keep your mouth healthy, and prevent you from ever suffering from oral health conditions like cavities and gum disease.
In most cases, preventive dentistry takes the form of regular six-month teeth cleanings. Routine cleanings help prevent the buildup of plaque and biofilm, and allow your dentist to examine your mouth for signs of common oral health problems.
By getting preventive care, you can avoid oral health problems completely, which saves you a lot of time and money. You will also get valuable peace of mind, because you’ll know that your mouth is completely healthy.
What Kind of Treatments
Are Considered to be preventive?
For the most part, any dental procedure that’s intended to prevent an oral health issue such as cavities or gum disease counts as preventive care. Here are a few of the most common treatments that are considered to be preventive in nature.
- Teeth cleanings – During a routine checkup, your dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, clean them with powerful brush, and floss to eliminate any remaining debris. Then, Dr. Dan will examine your mouth and look for signs of any dental health problems that may be a cause for concern.
- Deep cleanings (scaling & root planing) – This treatment can be considered to be preventive if you have gum disease. Deep cleanings can reverse minor cases of gum disease (gingivitis), or halt the progression of more severe cases, and usually must be administered every 3-6 months.
- Dental sealants – Dental sealants help prevent the formation of cavities. In this treatment, liquid resin is applied to the rear teeth, and then is hardened into a strong, transparent barrier using a UV light. This blocks bacteria, acid, and food particles from contacting the teeth directly, preventing cavities.
- Fluoride treatments – Fluoride treatments can be applied after a teeth cleaning, and consist of a liquid fluoride solution that helps remineralize your teeth by attracting minerals like calcium and phosphates.
How often do I really need
Dental check ups?
The typical recommendation is that you should see a dentist like Dr. Dan for a preventive checkup and oral exam every six months. However, this is not always recommended for every patient.
Some patients may be able to have one exam every year, while others who have a high risk of cavities or gum disease may require a checkup every three months. It all depends on your oral health, so schedule your first appointment at Horizon Dental now, and find a checkup interval that's right for you.