A lot of dentistry is about fixing existing problems: decaying gums, a cracked tooth, or removing stains. Preventative dentistry on the other hand, focuses not on fixing problems, but preventing them. Preventative dentistry focuses on preventing tooth decay and oral disease and helping patients maintain good oral health. The best thing you can do for your teeth is take good care of them and do your best to stop damage from ever happening, instead of waiting until it occurs to fix it, and an important part of good oral hygiene is regular visits to the dentist. Too many people only go to the dentists when they suspect that there is a problem, but if they’d scheduled regular check-ups they might have been able to prevent that damage from happening in the first place. Taking care of your teeth at home is important and that means brushing and flossing and using mouth wash, but it shouldn’t replace regular dental cleanings.
A dentist can clean your teeth more thoroughly than you can clean them yourself, removing any plaque or tartar that might be building up on your teeth. Ideally, you should be going to your dentist for a cleaning once or twice a year, depending on your age and the general state of your teeth. Your dentist will recommend the best cleaning schedule for your individual needs. Besides, the need for regular cleanings, regular visits to your dentist are important because they give your dentist the chance to catch any potential problems early. Early detection is best because it often means less extreme solutions and can also save you long-term pain and discomfort!
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Dental Exams and Cleanings
Routine exams and cleanings from your dentist can be the best way to keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime. Although it can depend on a patient’s individual circumstances, most people benefit greatly from visiting the dentist for a routine exam and cleaning every six months. Some people, such as smokers or diabetics, can benefit from more frequent visits. When relevant, making sure to tell your dentist about your personal lifestyle can help aid in your overall oral health and treatment. Dental exams and cleanings are routine procedures that are non-invasive and can prevent any number of oral problems from creeping up and getting out of hand. Keeping an eye on things with your dentist now can not only save you money but quite possibly save you from a range of concerns including discomfort in the mouth, potential pain, time-consuming procedures or loss of teeth in the future. Exams include checking for cavities or other concerns that your dentist will want to take care of as soon as possible as well as a thorough cleaning and polishing of the teeth. If you have sensitive teeth, let us know, we will be sure that you’re always comfortable and pain-free when you’re in our care!
Oral Cancer Screening
As with any type of cancer, catching an early sign is key to paving the way for an ideal recovery. During a cancer screening, your dentist is looking for anything that might appear amiss as well as feeling for any signs of concern such as lumps or cysts. If you notice something strange, don’t hesitate to make an appointment or mention it at your next exam. Having a sore or bump in your mouth is not an immediate indicator of something as serious as cancer, but it is important to keep an eye on anything that doesn’t feel or look right. During an oral cancer exam, your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your mouth, gums, and tongue. If something does show up during the exam, a simple, very pain-free brush biopsy can be done to check a suspicious looking area for cancerous cells. Further steps can be taken if this test proves inconclusive or your dentist wants a more comprehensive report. Our main priority is to spot concerns before they progress. Routine visits to the dentist can help aid in this preventative form of healthcare. While smokers are particularly prone to mouth-related cancers, anyone can be affected so if you see something that concerns you, say something to your dentist during your next appointment.
Fluoride treatments are a form of preventative dentistry that can be beneficial to both children and adults. Fluoride is a natural mineral that can prevent your enamel from softening and is, therefore, able to help protect your teeth from decay. a fluoride treatment is a simple, pain-free procedure that can be performed alone or easily added to a routine cleaning and exam. These treatments can give your teeth an extra shield of protection against things like acidic and sugary foods and drinks that we consume every day. Children can see great benefits from these treatments as fluoride binds especially well during the development of permanent teeth. Adults can also experience the positive results of fluoride treatments that help prevent tooth decay. Softening of the enamel can occur due to many reasons and taking regular steps to strengthen your enamel can help allow problems from ever getting a chance to creep up in the first place. The treatment involves the application of a fluoride gel during a visit to your dentist that will sit on your teeth for a short period of time before rinsing. Depending on your specific needs, adults can benefit from receiving fluoride treatments every 3-12 months. Speak with your dentist to know what is ideal for you.
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You deserve a beautiful smile and dental treatment suited to your unique needs. Dr. Fenton , and her friendly, welcoming staff will do everything possible to make you feel at home. Contact us today by calling (916) 684-3105 to experience our compassionate, effective, and individualized care. We proudly serve patients from Elk Grove, CA and the surrounding communities, including Sacramento, Galt, Wilton, and Clarksburg.