Preventive dentistry involves avoiding dental problems rather than treating them after they develop. Through a host of preventive procedures, our dentist in Houston can help protect patients from cavities, gum disease, and other potential complications. Preventive care is a major reason why twice-yearly check-ups are recommended, but some of the best options in this specialty go beyond the basics that patients receive at regular visits. Here is more about the preventive options available at our office and how they benefit patients.
Examples of Preventive Care
Cleanings, exams, fluoride, and sealants are some of the most popular forms of preventive dentistry. Cleaning and examination of the teeth is normally performed at biannual check-ups. Professional cleaning uses specialized instruments and techniques to keep the teeth free of plaque and tartar. During oral exams, both dental problems and many systemic issues can be detected. This can allow for earlier treatment and better avoidance of long-term complications. Professional fluoride treatment, which offers higher concentrations of fluoride than what consumer products contain, reduces risks of cavities, as well as teeth sensitivity. Finally, patients may benefit from sealants to protect their teeth against dietary acids and oral bacteria.
Risks of a few major systemic issues may be decreased through regular preventive dental care. Some of these systemic problems, such as heart disease, have been linked to periodontitis, which is less likely to occur with regular preventive dentistry. Other problems affecting the entire body may manifest in the mouth, where our dentist may spot them. For example, uncontrolled diabetes may cause widespread tooth decay and gum disease, and digestive disorders can cause dental erosion. Oral cancer can also be spotted during a routine dental check-up.
Preventive dentistry stands alongside home dental care as an important element for good oral health. Depending on the patient, the ideal preventive plan may vary. At our dental office in Houston, Dr. Nazari can work with individuals to identify the best preventive options considering their dental history and risk factors. Patients can schedule a consultation to learn more about our preventive care options and potential benefits specific to them.
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