Preventative dental care is dental care that is done to maintain good oral health and prevent any oral health issues from developing.
Preventative Dental Treatments
At Greenwell Springs Family Dentistry, we offer preventative dental care to keep your smile healthy. The American Dental Association recommends that you schedule at least two dental cleanings per year. These cleanings help you to maintain healthy teeth and gums. During a dental cleaning, one of our dental hygienists removes plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth.
- Regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings
Regular dental checkups are necessary for preventative dental care. During an exam, your dentist will check your mouth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. If any abnormalities or problems are detected, the dentist may recommend treatment or further examination.
Professional teeth cleaning is a preventive dental procedure performed by your dental hygienist. During the cleaning, your dental hygienist will remove any plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. He or she will also polish your teeth, removing any stains and leaving your teeth feeling clean and refreshed.
- Fluoride treatments
Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens teeth and prevents tooth decay. Your dentist will paint the fluoride onto your teeth. It absorbs into the enamel and strengthens it, thus protecting the teeth from decay ad cavities.
- Dental sealants
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that the dentist places over the chewing surfaces of back teeth to keep them cavity-free. The sealant material bonds to the teeth, forming a protective layer over the enamel. The sealant provides an extra barrier against bacteria, food particles, and acids.
- Mouth guards
A mouth guard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent injury. Mouth guards are prescribed to protect the mouth during sports or other activities, such as nighttime teeth grinding.
- Oral cancer screening
Dentists are trained to look for signs of oral cancer, such as lesions or sores that bleed easily or don’t heal within a few weeks. Early detection is key to the successful treatment of oral cancer.
Preventative Dental Care For Older Adults
Preventive dental care is incredibly important for adults of all ages, including older adults. Many older adults take medications that cause dry mouth, which greatly increases their risk of developing cavities and gum disease. Plus, older adults lose more of their teeth to gum disease and decay than from cavities.
Older adults are also more at risk for oral cancer and gum disease, so they should have a dental checkup every six months, just like younger adults.
At Greenwell Springs Family Dentistry, we offer high-quality dental care using state-of-the-art dental technologies. To learn more about our dental services, call Greenwell Springs Dentist at (225) 261-0043 or visit our dental office located at 14127 Greenwell Springs Road, Greenwell Springs.