Preventive measures can do wonders for your dental health. A few simple homecare practices, paired with regular visits to your dental professional at Apple Dental will go a long way toward maintaining optimal oral health.
Daily preventive procedures share the common goals of removing bacteria from the mouth and maintaining dental health. If allowed to build-up, bacteria adheres to the teeth, tongue and soft tissue which becomes plaque, that over time can mineralize into a hard substance called calculus. Only professional cleanings can remove calculus.
Inadequate plaque control is the primary cause of gingivitis (inflamed gums), periodontitis (bacteria gum disease), and oral malodor (bad breath). Patients can minimize bacterial accumulation through regular brushing, flossing, and tongue scraping, and periodic dental hygiene appointments (dental prophylaxis).
Professional cleanings enable dental professionals to remain abreast of your oral health status and they can provide guidance on steps to take to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Regular preventive dental visits to Apple Dental allow problems to be identified early while they can be fixed easily and painlessly.
What Should You Expect?
During a standard appointment in our office, a dentist or dental hygienist uses scaling instruments and tongue scrapers to remove the build-up of plaque and calculus from the teeth and soft tissue. The hygienist and dentist may:
- Screen for cancer and other diseases
- Evaluate supporting bone structure
- Check for cavities
- Assess the integrity existing dental restorations
- Take x-rays
- Apply Fluoride
- Evaluate aesthetic options
Professional Fluoride Therapy
Fluoride therapy has been proven beneficial in maintaining optimal oral health, particularly in the prevention of tooth decay and hypersensitivity. Since the introduction of fluoride into public water supplies more than 50 years ago, the incidence of cavities has declined dramatically by strengthening developing permanent teeth.
Like fluoride, dental sealants can give today’s children a head start on good oral health. A dental sealant is a clear acrylic material that is applied directly to cavity-prone chewing surfaces and grooves of the back teeth, providing protection against decay.
Dental sealants are most beneficial when applied to the permanent teeth as soon as they grow in. The dental sealants are simply placed on the teeth, and a special light is aimed at the area to harden the material so that it adheres.
Caring For Dental Sealants
It is important to note that dental sealants do not eliminate the need for daily home care. Children still should be taught to brush with a fluoride toothpaste and floss.