What is Preventive Dentistry?

What is Preventive Dentistry?

Most of the dental problems take time to develop, and when they do, they show no symptoms which further aggravates the problem. With preventive dentistry, you not only prevent these dental problems but also enhance your general health.

Preventive dentistry is a dental department that involves treatment and oral practices guaranteed to promote dental health. Furthermore, it protects against dental diseases like decay or gum disease.

Why You Need Preventive Dentistry Services?

Through preventive dentistry, the dentist can detect any dental problems and treat them before they cause any complications. We all need preventive dentistry services, however, certain people like children, teenagers, and seniors need preventive dentistry more than the rest.

Our preventive dentistry can benefit your dental health in various ways:

  • Prevent gum disease, teeth decay, and tooth loss. With regular dental checkups, our dentist will detect any decay and remove it on time.
  • Promotes proper oral hygiene
  • Helps to minimize the cost and time of treatment
  • Reduces dental problems associated with eating disorders, diabetes, oral cancer, and osteoporosis.
  • Benefits your overall health

What Preventive Dental Services Do We Offer?

At Radford Dental Wellness we take your oral health seriously. Our primary goal is to protect your oral health and teeth. That’s why we offer various preventive oral services such as:

  • Dental exams and cleanings

When was the last time you visited or took your child to a dental clinic for cleaning? It is recommended you get professional dental exams and cleanings every six months. Most of the decay and gum disease conditions can be prevented with regular dental exams.

If it’s been more than six months since your child had a dental cleaning, then visit our pediatric dentist in Pearland, TX for an examination and cleaning.

  • Fluoride treatment 

Our tooth enamel is strong and is designed to last for a lifetime. However, because of the foods we eat and dental hygiene, the minerals needed to strengthen the teeth can wear off and weaken the enamel. The fluoride treatments strengthen the teeth and prevent dental cavities.

  • Dental sealants 

Dental sealants are plastic coatings used to protect children’s teeth from decay. According to the Center for Diseases Control, children who don’t wear dental sealants are twice more likely to develop dental cavities. Our pediatric dentist in Pearland, TX recommends sealants for all children and teenagers as it helps to keep their primary and permanent teeth healthy.

  • Mouth Guards 

Most of the oral injuries are caused by high impact sports and wearing a mouthguard can protect the gums and teeth. Although the mouthguards are recommended for athletes, people who suffer from bruxism can also benefit. A variety of mouthguards are available, but the custom-made mouth protectors are ideal.

  • Patient education

It’s not enough to have regular dental checkups, you need to have dental education to help you make better choices. Our dental team will discuss with the proper diet and dental practices that you need to have to maintain your dental health. Furthermore, we will also teach your child how to brush and keep their mouth clean.

What’s Your Role?

Preventive dental care starts at home. Developing proper and healthy habits early will reduce cavities, gingivitis and gum disease.

  • Have good dental hygiene by brushing in the morning and night, use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Plus, floss daily especially after meals to remove food particles
  • Avoid sugary and acidic foods that can cause enamel erosion and weaken it
  • Keep off hard foods like seeds, bones, candies that could damage your teeth
  • Don’t smoke or chew tobacco as they can cause oral cancer and other dental problems
  • Always wear a mouthguard when playing in high-impact sports and if you clench and grind your teeth. The mouth guard will help to reduce gum recession.

What Is the Cost?

The cost of preventive dental care will depend on the type of service and the dental plan you choose. Contact us for a discussion on our financial plans and the types of dental covers we accept.

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