Preventive Dentistry From Plainville, CT Dentist Office
The key to beautiful teeth and a healthy mouth is preventive dentistry. At Gentle Dental Care, we want to be your partners in helping you gain and maintain excellent oral health. Preventive dental care can keep many dental problems like gum disease, tooth decay, and infection, from becoming complex problems that can be unpleasant and costly. Below are some of the most important components of preventive dentistry.
Preventative dentistry is crucial in dentistry, it is what keeps patients healthy and it is something that just permeates through the entire practice; everybody has a role in that. I rely on my staff tremendously because they are highly educated and trained to be able to work with the patient and they have a lot of patients to continuously emphasize where they are doing a great job and where they need a little bit of improvement but you know the dentistry that we do, we want it to last for a long time and it’s not going to last for a long time unless the patient is shown what they need to do in order to take care of it. Some patients automatically know and they do a great job and other patients need a little bit of help. The entire staff is geared toward that, even Marnie up front who talks with patients about other things is really geared towards the proper means of taking care of the things that we do for them.
Good Oral Hygiene at Home
There is no dental treatment that can take the place of daily brushing and flossing at home. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a recommended fluoride toothpaste keeps your teeth free from sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that can cause tooth decay. Using floss once a day to remove food particles from between teeth reduces bacteria and keeps all surfaces of your teeth accessible to brushing and rinsing. If you have questions about your home oral care routine, including which toothbrush or toothpaste to use, ask Dr. Peltzer or our hygienist at your next appointment.
Even with diligent brushing and flossing at home, it is still important to come in for a professional cleaning and exam at least twice a year. Not only will we remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth, but we will also do a thorough examination of your whole mouth. This gives us an opportunity to check on the health of your gums and other soft tissues, look for signs of tooth decay, and perform an oral cancer screening. Problems caught early can be addressed quickly, so you may be able to avoid more complex issues in the future. You will leave your appointment with smooth, clean teeth and peace of mind, knowing you are taking great care of your smile!
Some of the surfaces of your teeth, especially the biting surfaces of your back teeth, have pits and grooves that are too small for even the bristles of a toothbrush to reach. Bacteria love to hide and thrive in these tiny places, which can lead to tooth decay. Plainville, CT dentist Dr. Peltzer may incorporate sealants into your preventive care. A dental sealant is a plastic material brushed on the biting surfaces of teeth that are at high risk for decay. A sealant acts as a barrier between your teeth and plaque bacteria. It is generally applied immediately after a professional cleaning.
Fluoride is a vital mineral needed to support the tooth enamel, the protective outer layer of your tooth. Although fluoride is naturally found in some foods and added to drinking water, sometimes enamel needs extra help to resist the destructive sugars and bacteria in your mouth. We offer several topical fluoride treatments to strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay.
We are happy to educate our patients about the role nutrition plays in oral and overall health. Certain foods and nutrients can work for you in the fight against tooth decay and disease. We can help you evaluate your diet and give you the tools to make better choices for great oral hygiene and your overall health.
Preventive dentistry includes preventing injury to your teeth and mouth. Mouthguards are important to protect your teeth from impact. At Gentle Dental Care, our Plainville, CT dentist makes mouthguards for sports and recreational activities, as well as nightguards for bruxism (grinding of the teeth). We can make a custom-fitted mouthguard to keep your teeth safe from an external impact, or the extreme forces exerted tooth-on-tooth from teeth grinding.
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