Preventive Dentistry In Austin
What Is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is maintaining good oral hygiene and reducing your risk of serious oral health problems by engaging in regular and consistent oral health care practices at home and at the dentist.
Preventive dentistry promotes early detection of serious problems so we can reverse them and mitigate the damage as well as completely prevent problems like tooth decay and gum disease which are caused by improper oral hygiene.
By keeping your teeth clean and free of plaque, acids, and food particles, you will keep your teeth healthy, strong, and resistant to cavities.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Common Preventive Dentistry Services
A dental cleaning is a routine service that each patient should get every 6 months. Your teeth are thoroughly cleaned through polishing, flossing, and scaling which removes plaque and tartar build-up, surface stains, and food particles.
Cleanings also freshen your breath and make your teeth look whiter. Regular cleanings are necessary to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
It only takes 72 hours for plaque to harden into tartar, which causes inflammation and gum recession and increases your risk for gum disease. The good news is that early-stage gum disease can be easily reversed with regular cleaning.
Periodontitis, however, will require something more intense, such as a deep cleaning. We scale below the gum line and perform root planing to smooth out the tooth’s roots. This makes it easier to reattach the gums. Once you have a history of periodontitis, you should return for regular maintenance cleanings.
Oral Cancer Screenings
During your routine checkups, we will look for signs of oral cancer. If we notice any abnormalities, we will biopsy them and send them off for lab testing. Oral cancer is preventable and treatable in the early stages.
We always complete dental cleanings by applying a fluoride varnish to our patient's teeth. This remineralizes their teeth to make them stronger and more resistant to bacteria and acid attacks. This aids in cavity protection until your next appointment.
A dental sealant is a plastic coating that is bonded to the first and second permanent molars, preferably as soon as they erupt at ages 6 and 12.
These teeth are disproportionately at risk for cavities because of the significant amount of deep pits and grooves that trap food particles and bacteria.
It can be difficult to clean these teeth thoroughly. Sealants provide a smooth surface to brush and they also seal out harmful substances that cause cavities.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Preventive Dentistry At Home
To prevent tooth decay and gum disease, it’s not enough to go to the dentist every 6 months or when a problem appears. You need to be thoroughly, properly, and consistently cleaning your teeth at home every single day.
You should only use a soft bristle toothbrush because hard bristles can erode your enamel. Always brush at a 45-degree angle in circular motions with fluoride toothpaste. This should be done twice a day for about 2 minutes. Remember to brush your tongue and floss.
Preventive Dentistry At the Dentist
At Emergency Dentist of Austin, we provide more than just emergency services to our patients. We want to help prevent dental emergencies by providing high quality consistent preventative dental services such as regular checkups and dental cleanings.
By attending regular preventative treatments, you not only reduce your risk for oral health problems but also serious health conditions like heart disease and stroke. Contact us today to schedule a dental cleaning with Dr. Kumar.