Protect Your Teeth: Preventive Steps Toward Better Oral Health

oral-healthPreventive dentistry emphasizes the importance of ongoing hygiene procedures and daily practices to prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases and conditions. Effective preventive dentistry combines at-home oral care by patients with chairside treatments and counseling by dental professionals. Some of the following preventive measures are commonly associated with protective treatments appropriate for children, but they can be just as beneficial for adult teeth.

Sealants
Dental sealants provide a protective coating to keep your teeth free from food debris. They are made from a resin material that is used to coat the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. It is painted on and seals the grooves in the teeth, so that food and other plaque-causing materials that cause cavities are kept out.

Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride is a mineral that can be found naturally in food and water. Fluoride treatments help strengthen tooth enamel and repair any holes in it by replacing the nutrients that are lost over time.

Dental Cleanings
In addition to sealants and fluoride treatments, maintaining your regular recare appointments will help improve your chances of avoiding decay, cavities, and tooth loss. Professional teeth cleanings helps prevent gingivitis, tooth decay, and loss of enamel from teeth. Some of the services included during your regular cleaning include:

• A review of your dental and medical history
• An oral cancer screening
• An evaluation of your overall oral health
• X-rays to detect decay
• Removal of stains, plaque, and tartar
• Polishing of all teeth
• At-home oral health education and instruction

Contact Us Today
Keeping your natural smile for a lifetime is possible when protective measures are taken and the proper dental care is received. Your oral health is our top priority, and making sure your teeth stay healthy and beautiful is our mission. Call us today at 203-612-5529 to find out more about how we can help protect your smile against decay.

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