Everything About Preventative Dentistry

Everything About Preventative Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is all about protecting the teeth from damage and disease. A variety of procedures fall under the preventive dentistry umbrella, including dental exams, X-rays, and dental cleanings.

Benefits of Preventative Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is the foundation of a healthy smile. During your visit, our dentists will evaluate your dental health and provide any needed treatments. They will also work with you to develop an effective at-home oral hygiene routine. The benefits of preventive dental care include the following:

  • Helps keep gums healthy
  • Prevent the occurrence of tooth decay and gum disease
  • Prevent dental emergencies
  • Help identify oral cancer in their initial stages
  • Prevent other systemic diseases
  • Promotes better overall health
  • Improves quality of life
  • Avoid expensive dental works

What Does Preventative Dentistry Entail?

  • Cleaning

During a cleaning, your dental hygienist will polish your teeth. This removes tartar buildup, which can’t be removed with a toothbrush or floss. Tartar buildup leads to serious oral health problems, such as cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.

  • Dental exams

The dental examination is the foundation of good dental health. Your dentist will thoroughly examine all of your teeth, your gums, and your jaw. During this exam, your dentist will look for any signs of trouble, such as tooth decay or gum disease. They’ll also examine your face, neck, head, and mouth, checking for any signs of unusual growths or other abnormalities.

  • Dental X-rays

When necessary, your dentist may also take x-rays to look for any issues that aren’t visible to the naked eye. X-rays help your dentist see problems with your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Your dentist may use X-rays to confirm the presence of a dental infection or tumor.

  • Periodontal screening

The dentist will also examine your gums for signs of periodontal disease. This common condition, also known as gum disease, can lead to tooth loss. Some of the signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in bite

The dentist will recommend a course of treatment if periodontal disease is present.

  • Oral cancer screening

Oral cancer screening is among the many preventive dentistry services performed during regular dental visits. An oral cancer screening is a visual inspection of the soft tissues of the mouth. Your dentist will be looking for any red or white patches, sores, lumps, or hard spots.

  • Sealants

Preventative dentistry includes the use of sealants to protect teeth from decay. Sealants are plastic coatings that are painted onto the molars and premolars. They fill in the deep grooves of the teeth. These grooves are very tough to clean and can easily trap food particles and bacteria. These bacteria cause tooth decay and cavities.

To find out more about the dental services offered at Orange Family Dental, call (619) 280-4861 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit our Dentist in San Diego, CA, at 4205 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105.


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