Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and dental cleanings.
It is important to maintain a regular schedule of dental exams, with at least one annual exam and cleaning. Why? Exams with Tawzer Dental are not merely general dentistry, and don’t just look for damages or cosmetic issues such as staining. They also take the health of your entire mouth – teeth, gums, and jaw – into consideration. That new tenderness in your teeth…is it a warning sign of TMJ/TMD? The inflammation in the gums…is it a problem with a tooth or due to decay? Exams can find issues long before they turn into true dental problems.
For decades, dental professionals have relied on dental x-rays as a primary diagnostic tool. Capable of detecting disease or damage that is not easily seen by the human eye, they are essential to effective treatment and care. We use dental x-rays as part of routine general dentistry as well as part of cosmetic and restorative treatments.
Regular Cleanings & Periodontal Maintenance
A regular cleaning is recommended for patients who do not have bone loss, periodontal disease, or infection around the teeth. There should be no bleeding, mobility of the teeth, receded areas or gaps where the spaces around the roots of the teeth are exposed. In other words, the mouth should be healthy with no bone or gum problems. A regular cleaning, or prophylaxis, removes soft plaque, tartar, and stains from the teeth above the gumline, and only slightly below. A regular cleaning is usually done 2 to 3 times a year, depending on how quickly stain, plaque, and tartar accumulate.
If you have periodontal disease which has resulted in bone loss, gum “pockets” deeper than 4 millimeters, bleeding gums, exposed root surfaces, or if you have had periodontal surgery or root planning to treat periodontal surgery or root planning to treat periodontal disease, a regular cleaning is not appropriate. Periodontal Maintenance Scaling is needed to maintain gum and bone health. This procedure includes removal of plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline, all the way down the length of each tooth to where the root, gum and bone meet. Rough areas of the roots are smoothed if needed, pocket depths are carefully monitored, and inflamed pockets may be irrigated with antibacterial medicines if necessary.
Every single day, your body takes in fluoride and loses fluoride. The way you take in fluoride is through foods you eat and water. The way you lose fluoride is through demineralization of your teeh when acids caused by plaque bacteria and sugars in your mouth attack tooth enamel. You can “put fluoride back” (as well as calcium and phosphate) into your tooth’s enamel layer by eating healthy foods and drinking fluoridated water. Another way to get more flouride is through fluoride treatments at your dentist’s office. Basically if you lose fluoride faster than you take it in, you are at risk of tooth decay.
Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants are put on in dentists’ offices, clinics, and sometimes in schools. Getting sealants put on is simple and painless. Sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth.