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Preventative Dentistry

The purpose of preventive dentistry is to help us keep our teeth and gums healthy today and every day, eliminating gum disease and tooth decay.

We all have teeth – and we all want to keep them for life!

The two primary causes of tooth loss: decay and gum disease, are caused by bacteria in the mouth. Both of these problems can be dramatically minimized, if not prevented, through proper dental hygiene.


Some of the elements of proper dental hygiene include:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Limiting between-meal snacks
  • And seeing your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and oral exam!

Additional preventive methods include the application of dental sealants and exposure to fluoride in the form of fluoridated drinking water, toothpaste, mouthwash, or fluoride treatments directly applied by your dentist.

The vast majority of dental disease can be prevented, but only through the consistent practice of the prevention methods discussed.

Our friendly and experienced team will help you learn more about proper brushing and flossing, gum disease, tooth decay, dental sealants.

More detailed Information On: PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY

SEALANTS

Dental sealants act as a preventative step against tooth decay. Much like how fluoride protects tooth surfaces, sealants complement the fluoride’s effect for those grooved areas of children back teeth. Their application is a fairly simple procedure with minimal discomfort, if any at all.  dentist will give teeth a thorough cleaning first, before applying the sealant to their chewing surfaces. After the sealant is put on, it bonds with the existing tooth enamel, and the use of a curing light helps the sealant to harden in place. The entire process can be performed in a single visit.

 

Flouride Therapy

Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that strengthens teeth. This can help to prevent tooth decay. Experts say the best way to prevent tooth decay is to use several sources of fluoride. Dental office fluoride treatments commonly are given to children as their teeth are developing. A child who has a history of cavities or is at high risk of decay should use additional fluoride. This promotes reminerealization of the teeth. Many children get fluoride treatments every six months. The treatments provide extra protection against cavities, even if children already drink fluoridated water. Your child may need  at-home fluoride therapy like mouth wash or gels.

 

Bruxism (teeth grinding)

Bruxism in children, believe it or not, is rather common. Here’s what you need to know about bruxism and what you can do for your child.

 

Causes of Bruxism

Two to three out of 10 children have bruxism, but most will eventually outgrow it. It isn’t clear what exactly causes bruxism, although misaligned teeth is one likely suspect. Often kids will grind their teeth if they’re in pain, whereas other children may do it as a way to relieve anxiety or stress. Teeth-clenching and grinding can also come from hyperactivity, cerebral palsy or even a reaction to common medications.

Bruxism primarily causes headaches, earaches, facial pain and jaw problems, but watch your kids to keep them from chipping teeth or wearing down their tooth enamel. It’s vital to know whether your child has the condition, even if they still have their primary teeth.

 

What to Do Next

If you believe your child has bruxism, schedule a dental checkup for a proper diagnosis and further treatment. Your dentist may even order a custom mouth guard for wear at night to prevent grinding and the residual soreness.


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