When you visit Southview for Preventive Dentistry, your first dental care visit may consist of any necessary X-rays, exam, cancer screening, periodontal “gum” exam, tooth exam and cleaning. We feel that it is very important to be thorough so that no dental or health concern is missed.
Routine cleanings and exams are the best way to prevent cavities or gum infections. Plaque only takes 24 hours to start to bind to teeth after a dental cleaning. If not removed by routine brushing at home this plaque can become more hardened and unable to be removed with a toothbrush. Preventative home care with brushing after breakfast and especially before bed along with daily flossing is the most effective preventative care.
For those patients that are considered at a high risk for cavities we may recommend a fluoride varnish treatment. Fluoride changes the crystalline formation of enamel from hydroxyapatite to fluoroapatite which is stronger. This is why fluoride has been added to your drinking water and has helped prevent cavities.
Southview, preventive dentistry is committed to creating a successful partnership with each patient to keep them healthy and smiling all the time. For our part, we will dedicate our team of professionals to make your dental wellness the highest priority through regular checkups and cleanings, working alongside at-home care.
One of the most important steps in sustaining the health of your mouth is routine checkups. With Preventive Dentistry, visits are aimed at preventing problems with your teeth and gums so you are not faced with more serious issues in the future. By committing to two checkups per year, each patient greatly decreases the risk of disease.
During checkups, Dr. Kelly & Dr. Micheal will gently, but comprehensively, inspect your mouth making sure to check the gums, tongue, jaw and bone structure as well as your teeth. Once these oral examinations are complete, an experienced dental hygienist will perform a cleaning which is customized to the individual patient.
Dental cleanings are essential to maintaining oral health as they work in conjunction with personal care and offer a thorough supplemental treatment to your brushing and flossing at home.
By removing plaque buildup, cleanings assist in preventing an assortment of risks to your mouth such as gum disease, overgrowth of bacteria and tooth decay. These types of oral infections have been linked to other bodily health problems like heart disease and even diabetes so it is crucial to receive these regular treatments.
Additional Preventive Care
While x-rays are typically used to diagnose health concerns, they will be used as a preventative tool to detect oral health issues in their earliest stages in some of your checkups. By doing so, dentists and hygienists can work with patients to create a treatment plan that will work to stave off complications like cavities, bite misalignment and periodontal disease and keep them from requiring more invasive procedures.
In cases where cavities have already begun to form, Preventive Dentistry offers the service of fillings. Cavity fillings are restorative in nature, but it is also important to view them as preventative as the repairs can curb the necessity for further treatment like crowns and root canals.
For those patients that are considered at a high risk for cavities we may recommend a fluoride varnish treatment. Fluoride changes the crystalline formation of enamel from hydroxyapatite to fluoroapatite which is stronger. Interesting fact: this is why fluoride is added to your drinking water and it has shown to help prevent cavities.
The Cost of Prevention
When patients participate in preventive dentistry, both at home and through regular visits, costs to them can be greatly reduced. Prevention and early diagnosis are not only necessary components of maintaining oral health, but failing to engage in these treatments often means you may be required to undergo more expensive treatments at a later time.
Taking care of your teeth and gums at home and making a minimum of two appointments with your dentist per year will reduce this risk of inflated expense.
Our Preventive Dentistry’s procedures and techniques use the latest technology which only further enhances the quality of care you receive and therefore increases the benefits of each visit. Teaming up with our dentists means you will ensure your mouth is always in the best health possible.