Conscientious choices from the start lead to overall satisfactory oral health. Your teeth and gums need to be taken care of, before something bothersome or bad happens. Gum disease can go on to become something far-reaching, potentially leading to issues as severe as heart disease. A smart and savvy patient is proactive, and with Dr. Barry on your side from the get-go, your mouth will be well-maintained and you will be better for it. Here is what you can expect when it comes to the preventative measures you can take…
How can I practice preventive care?
A great way to get on track is by coming in for a dental appointment for a general cleaning and complete oral examination. Your entire mouth will be carefully and thoroughly checked for any signs of gum disease, tooth decay, weakening teeth, cavities, jaw functionality issues like TMJ, and more. You will even be screened for oral cancer. No area is left unlooked at or untreated. A full-service exam is always performed to protect you, offering peace of mind as well as preventative care.
How will the dentist clean my teeth better than I can at home?
Brushing and flossing at home is so important and daily upkeep is essential. But when you come into the office, you will get a deep clean you just can’t get with the average toothbrush. We get well beneath the gum line to remove unhealthy plaque as well as any food particles that may have gotten wedged in without your knowledge. Keeping these sensitive areas free of debris takes you one step closer to the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease. But the part you will love most is that dazzling mega-watt smile!
Does preventative care include X-rays?
Yes. When you come in for a cleaning and oral exam, X-rays will be taken along with an exam performed with a high-tech cavity detecting laser – DIAGNOdent and an intra-oral camera. These devices can help us see more than the naked eye is capable of. Even the slightest first sign of something wrong can be addressed and tended to before time takes a toll. And we are pleased to provide our patients with digital X-rays, which reduce the amount of radiation by 90% compared to the “old-fashioned” kind. With these modern devices and all they can deliver, your dental appointments are more advanced than ever, making your preventative care even closer to perfect.
Will there be a fluoride treatment during the exam?
To tackle tooth decay, the American Dental Association (ADA) has determined there are positive benefits associated with the application of topical fluoride treatments in-office. You will receive a fluoride treatment every 3-6 months during your oral exam and cleaning. Thanks to these quick treatments, your teeth will be far stronger, cavities will be less likely to creep up, and those with tooth sensitivity may find relief.
Will the preventative dental exam include anything else?
Dr. Barry takes your entire overall health into consideration whenever you come in for an exam or procedure. During your oral exam, you can expect a blood pressure screening, directions for better brushing and more efficient flossing at home, and in-depth discussion about your oral health, including proper nutrition and perhaps the need for a nighttime bite splint if you clench your jaw or grind your teeth at nighttime. She will answer any questions and address any concerns you may have.
How can my oral exam help prevent gum disease?
By scaling and root planning, we can get deep down to the surface of the root to eliminate unhealthy and damaging plaque and tartar, while clearing away bacteria and other toxins. With gum health kept in check, you will be less likely to develop gum disease that can lead to other physical problems elsewhere in the body if left untreated.
Depending on your age and the condition of your teeth, a dental sealant may be applied to the molars and premolars to prevent tooth decay and cavities. These teeth are treated due to the ridges, depressions, and grooves that make up their shape and structure. The thin plastic coating is brushed onto the surface of the teeth once they are prepped, then they are bonded in place with a special light. The process is quick and painless and can last up to ten years.
Preventative dentistry is the key to a healthy mouth. When you come in to Dr. Barry’s office, getting to the root of the issue before it causes pain and problems down the road is what we’re after. So, even when you are feeling fine, still remember schedule (and keep) your appointment and stay on top of your oral health. Prevention is a positive thing!