At Healthy Smiles of Birmingham, we always put prevention above everything else. Hence, we always emphasize preventative dentistry to help our patients avoid future dental problems. Preventive dentistry includes a wide array of practices like routine dental examinations and cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealant applications, periodontal care, etc., that focus on maintaining the health of your mouth, teeth, and gums to avoid the risk of future oral issues.
Our team of cosmetic dental experts offers the following preventative services in Healthy Smiles of Birmingham:
- Dental examinations and cleanings
Your routine dental checkups at Healthy Smiles of Birmingham start with a careful examination of your mouth and teeth by our dental experts. The examinations help our dentists to identify and treat tooth decay, cavity, and other dental issues in their initial stages before they become severe. Attending dental issues at the earliest can prevent it from getting worsened, requiring extensive and costly treatments in the future.
Fluoride is known to help strengthen the tooth enamel and fight the harmful bacteria in the mouth. Our teeth tend to lose minerals as we age. The application of fluoride can support the rejuvenation of the lost minerals to make the teeth healthy and strong. Besides professional fluoride treatment, our dentist may also prescribe a fluoride gel to coat the teeth to restore enamel and defend teeth against plaque and cavity formation.
Dental sealants are applied on the chewing surfaces of back teeth for people who are prone to tooth decay and cavities. The natural ridges of these molars could easily trap food debris as these areas are hard to reach with brushing and flossing. The accumulated food can lead bacteria to breed, eventually leading to tooth decay. The application of dental sealants covers these ridges and prevents the teeth from coming into contact with food, thus preventing tooth decay.
Periodontal disease or the infection in the gum tissues, ligaments, or the alveolar bone can lead to tooth loss if left untreated for long. However, if the condition is identified in its initial stages, it can be prevented or treated. If the gum disease has proceeded to its advanced stages, your dentist may recommend a scaling and root planing procedure.
At Healthy Smiles of Birmingham, we conduct oral cancer screening to diagnose any symptoms of oral cancer in its initial stages. This allows treating the disease at its early stages if it’s there.
Bruxism or unconscious teeth grinding can erode the teeth and can harm the jaw muscles and tissues. Our dentist may recommend wearing a custom-made nightguard to protect the teeth from grinding and clenching for such patients.
Benefits of Preventive Dentistry
- It helps lower the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems.
- Preventative dentistry supports oral hygiene habits like regular brushing and flossing to maintain the health of the teeth.
- By preventing the occurrence of dental diseases or identifying them in the initial stages, we can minimize the treatment costs.
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