Do you know, maintaining a healthy mouth and teeth is as important as having a healthy body? Regular preventive care at home and at the dental office is the best way to achieve a healthy mouth and avoid dental and treatments in the future.
Our dentists at Puffer Dental, with personalized dental care, dental cleanings and exams, can help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health and a beautiful, confident smile.
What is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is the practice of following certain habits and procedures to care for your teeth and gums to keep them healthy. Preventive dentistry helps avoid ailments related to teeth, including cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, etc. Preventive care includes regular dental check-ups, dental cleanings, and preventive treatments besides proper home care and a balanced diet. Providing awareness and educational instruction to the patients about good oral care habits like proper brushing and flossing techniques is also considered the best preventive method to prevent tooth decay. They’re regarded as preventive because they focus on identifying and stopping dental issues before they occur.
What do Preventive dentistry services include?
At Puffer Dental, we emphasize the saying that prevention is always better than cure and offer the following preventive dental services:
The American Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist for regular dental check-ups and cleaning at least once every six months, and more often if you’re at higher risk for oral diseases. This will help to identify and treat dental problems before they cause significant damage. During your regular dental visit at Puffer Dental, we will examine your teeth and mouth thoroughly and will also perform oral cancer screenings to check for signs of abnormal tissues or lesions.
- Dental cleanings and screenings:
A professional dental cleaning (prophylaxis) is one of the most important parts of preventive dental care and is done during your regular dental visits to remove dental plaque and stains, which are not removed by daily brushing and flossing.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has the ability to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. We provide fluoride treatments at our dental offices and recommend our patients to use fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinses at home.
Following a balanced diet is essential to have a healthy set of teeth. Eat food rich in protein and calcium and reduce the intake of foods with sugars and carbohydrates as they can feed the bacteria that produce dental plaque and cavities.
If needed, X-rays will be taken to look for signs of dental problems that are not visible to the naked eye.
Mouthguards are prescribed for people who engage in sports and games to protect teeth. Mouthguards can also help treat bruxism or teeth grinding, which can wear down the enamel of the teeth.
A bad bite can affect eating and speaking, and crooked teeth are hard to be cleaned. Orthodontics using dental braces or clear teeth aligners (invisible braces), such as Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, helps correct an improper bite, limiting the possibility of future dental problems.
Dental sealants are thin composite coatings that are placed on the chewing surfaces of permanent teeth to protect your child from cavities and tooth decay.
At Puffer Dental, we educate our patients and create awareness among them about the outcome of poor dental health and the need to maintain excellent oral hygiene habits.
To know more, call us at (936) 564-2439 or schedule an online appointment with our dentists. We will be happy to guide you further.