Preventive dentistry is very important for the long term health of your teeth. It involves the proper care of your teeth to keep them healthy. It helps to avoid cavities, gum disease and much more.
Preventative dentistry involves patient homecare with regular brushing and flossing. Regular dental cleanings and checkups, as well as radiographs (X-rays) taken once a year should be scheduled with your dentist.
A dental cleaning involves removing plaque and tartar deposits on teeth that build up over time. If the calculus (tartar/plaque) is allowed to build up, it can cause bacteria to form next to the gums, which is unhealthy. The dental hygienists use their instruments to gently remove the deposits through a thorough dental cleaning. A professional cleaning will leave teeth clean and smooth.
Dental cleanings are recommended at least twice a year. If the calculus/(tartar/plaque ) is allowed to build up on teeth it can cause bacteria to form next to the gums, which is unhealthy. Dental cleanings are recommended at least twice a year along with yearly checkup radiographs.
It is advisable to get dental checkups twice a year, even if you don't have an issue with your teeth. At your dental visits, your dentist may decide to take X-rays of your teeth to look for decay, gum disease, or other dental problems. Bring copies of previous X-rays with you.
If it is your first visit you will most likely have a comprehensive examination and periodically thereafter. During a comprehensive dental examination, your dentist will:
Dental radiographs are commonly called X-rays. Dentists use radiographs to find hidden dental structures, malignant or benign masses, bone loss, and cavities.
It is possible for both tooth decay and periodontal disease to be missed during a clinical exam, and radiographic imaging of the dental and periodontal tissues is a critical segment of a thorough oral examination. If you can, bring copies of previous X-rays with you.
For children under the age of 16. It is a simple and easy process that takes only a couple of minutes.
Sealants protect teeth from decay for many years. They need to be checked at each dental visit to make sure they haven't chipped or have a lot of wear on them.
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DR. PAUL DOBSON, D.M.D.
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