Preventing Serious Dental Disease
Preventive dentistry is the practice of maintaining a healthy, clean mouth. The more attention you pay to preventive dentistry, the less likely you are to need dental treatment in the future for problems like cavities, gum disease and tooth loss. And by keeping your mouth healthy, you can reduce your risk of secondary problems, such as diabetes and heart disease, that are linked to poor oral health.
Dentistry of Sugar Hill is continually seeking ways to prevent and lower your risk of dental disease. We believe preventive dentistry is a team effort between the dental team and patient. When we work together, we can keep your teeth and gums in great condition and help you enjoy lifelong dental health.
At-Home Oral Hygiene
At-home oral hygiene is very important to a healthy mouth. Our team recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, using techniques that we can demonstrate during an exam or cleaning appointment. You should floss between your teeth once a day with traditional floss or an interdental tool to reach the small spaces in between the teeth and along the gum line. If you like, you can also use a mouthwash containing fluoride and antibacterial ingredients.
We encourage you to reevaluate other lifestyle factors, like diet and smoking, which can affect your oral health. Poor diet and excessive tobacco or alcohol consumption can raise your risk of serious dental problems and oral cancer. Our team recommends cutting down on sugary foods and beverages. Avoid acidic drinks or use a straw to reduce their contact with the teeth. Do not smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products, and practice moderation if you drink alcohol.
Regular Dental Visits
Our dental team believes that regular dental visits for cleanings and exams can prevent the need for more extensive treatment down the line. After meeting you and getting a better idea of your dental health and needs, we can recommend how often you schedule your appointments. Most people see us every six months to a year.
Several things are accomplished at preventive dental visits:
- The teeth and gums are professionally cleaned with special instruments and techniques.
- Proper at-home brushing and flossing techniques are demonstrated.
- The entire mouth is checked for signs of decay, infection, enamel loss and other problems.
- Special technology like an intraoral camera or digital cavity detection system is used to get a closer look at the structures of the mouth.
- Fillings and other restorations are checked to ensure they are in good condition.
- Treatments and restorations (e.g., fillings, crowns) are recommended as needed.
- Diet and lifestyle habits are discussed and recommendations are made as needed.
Special Preventive Therapies
Sealants are placed on the biting surfaces of the teeth to make them smoother and easier to clean. This prevents decay from accumulating in the tiny nooks and crannies of the teeth, which are difficult to keep clean.
Depending on factors like your age and how much fluoride you get from your drinking water and toothpaste, we may recommend a fluoride varnish. Fluoride treatments are more commonly recommended to children to help prevent tooth decay, but can also be administered to individuals at higher risk of dental problems.
Learn More about Preventive Dentistry
If you would like to discuss ways to optimize your oral health and prevent serious problems in the future, call or email Dentistry of Sugar Hill today.
Comprehensive General Dentistry Services
The objective of general dentistry services is to prevent, detect, manage and treat diseases that affect the teeth and gums. Regardless of whether you experience oral pain or other symptoms or are pain- and symptom-free, you still need regular, basic general dentistry services with a team like ours at Dentistry of Sugar Hill. With our modern technology and techniques, these services are more comfortable and effective than ever.
Cleaning and Oral Hygiene
Routine dental cleanings and hygiene visits are just as important to oral health as daily brushing and flossing. Our dental hygienists can clean places of the mouth your toothbrush and floss can’t reach, and our dentists can check for early signs of dental disease or decay.
All patients — even those that don’t have any dental pain or problems — are encouraged to visit our practice at least every six months to undergo an exam and cleaning. More frequent cleanings and exams may be recommended, depending on the circumstances.