Preventive dental care is all the things you do (or should do) to take care of your teeth and gums: brushing, flossing, eating a healthy diet, and seeing your dentist regularly to help avoid dental disease.
When it comes to the health of your teeth and gums, preventive dental care is smart. Brushing and flossing help to remove plaque from the surfaces and in between teeth, keeping your teeth looking and feeling clean. A healthy diet, one low in sugar and other refined carbohydrates, helps keep your whole body, including your teeth and gums, in good shape. And routine dental exams and regular cleanings may help prevent the incidence of higher-cost treatments such as periodontal surgery, root canals, extractions and fillings. Our office recommends exams & cleaning every six (6) months. After all, early detection and prevention are key to minimizing your need for more serious dental treatment.
Dental X-rays are a useful diagnostic tool when helping the staff detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam. Water’s Edge Dental recommends x-rays be taken annually. Dental x-rays are safe, exposing an individual to less radiation than an airport security scanner. Dental x-ray tools and techniques are designed to limit the body’s exposure to radiation and every precaution is taken to ensure minimal exposure.
A sealant is a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often. They act as a barrier to prevent cavities.
Research shows that fluoride helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities. Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter, helping repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay can be seen.