Preventive Services

PREVENTIVE SERVICES

Our Primary care providers strive very hard to deliver optimum dental care for you. Our experienced hygienists will keep you in in check with regular cleanings. We provide a host of preventive services for you to prevent serious dental problems in the future. For best oral hygiene maintenance, we recommend brushing and flossing two times a day.
Brushing

We recommend using a soft bristle toothbrush and a Fluoride toothpaste.

FLOSSING

We recommend flossing at least once a day to keep your teeth clean.

Benefits of Flossing:

  • Preventative Oral Care
  • Prevents Tartar Build-Up
  • Prevents Bad Breath
  • More Effective Than Brushing Alone
  • Prevents Gum Disease

 

SEALANTS

Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach and clean. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.

To place a sealant an adhesive is first applied to the teeth. The sealant is then placed over the adhesive as a liquid, as if it is painted right onto the tooth. The liquid then hardens and creates a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants last for about 10 years and can be reapplied if necessary.

NIGHTGUARD

Many people are afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it is a larger problem at night while you are asleep. Constant grinding wears down the surface of the tooth, exposing the soft dentin beneath the enamel.

Some of the damage that can occur includes:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Tooth flattening and tooth wear
  • Cracked tooth enamel
  • Loose or broken fillings
  • Tooth loss and gum recession

But, there’s a solution that can help prevent all of that damage caused by teeth grinding, If you grind your teeth you should consider a night guard. The night guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and have the night guard created by a dental lab. Night guards are very durable and can be used for up to 10 years.

Benefits of nightguard:

  • Prevent tooth damage
  • Alleviate pain and headaches
  • Reduce tension
  • Improve sleep patterns
  • Prevent snoring

There are also some things that you can do to try to stop teeth grinding. You can train your jaw to be free and easy rather than clenched. Refrain from chewing gum or on other objects like pens. You should also avoid alcoholic drinks and drinks with caffeine, as these can increase the likelihood you will grind your teeth. If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night set up an appointment with us today.

ATHLETIC SPORTS GUARD

Surveillance studies of mouthguard users and nonusers have consistently shown that mouthguards offer significant protection against sports-related injuries to the teeth and soft tissues. Mouthguards provide a resilient, protective surface to distribute and dissipate forces on impact, thereby minimizing the severity of traumatic injury to the hard or soft tissues. According to a 2007 meta-analysis of studies evaluating the effectiveness of mouthguards in reducing injuries, the overall injury risk was found to be 1.6-1.9 times greater when a mouthguard was not worn, relative to when mouthguards were used during athletic activity. Another study of collegiate basketball teams found that athletes wearing custom-made mouthguards sustained significantly fewer dental injuries than those who did not.5 For sporting activities that are inherently contact-oriented (e.g., football), orofacial protectors or faceguards are also appropriate for added safety and protection.