Brace Dental : Preventive Dental Care
Exams and X-Rays
Routine yearly dental exams are a big part of maintaining a healthy smile. At Brace Dental, the backbone to our total preventive dental care program is a comprehensive dental exams for our individual, corporate or family patients. At each exam, we check for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other potential problems that require treatment.
X-rays of your mouth may also be taken during your dental exam. Dental X-rays are extremely valuable for helping to detect oral diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues. An X-ray exam may reveal small cavities that can't be seen by a visual exam, infections in the bone, abscesses, cysts, developmental abnormalities, such as extra or impacted teeth and some types of tumors. Just because such diseases, including early tooth decay, can't be seen by a visual exam does not mean that treatment isn't required.
We also utilize intra-oral camera device that immediately produce and a digital image that can be viewed during your visit on our computer screen.
The above dental exams help us create a specific dental profile for our patients and guide us to create a personalized dental care for those enrolled in our dental care maintenance program.
Dental Education and counseling has been our time honored system of Informative Dentistry. It is a mainstay of our concept of total dental care.
It is always a part in our initial contact with our new patients.
Dental Cleanings (Prophylaxis)
Oral Prophylaxis is our basic dental preventive dental care treatment. The procedure involves the removal of tartar (mineral deposits) around the teeth that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult to reach in routine toothbrushing. More frequent cleaning and examination may be necessary during treatment of dental and other oral disorders.
When teeth are developing, depressions and groves form in the chewing surfaces of the enamel. These features are called "pits and fissures". They are impossible to keep clean, because the bristles of a toothbrush cannot reach into them. Therefore, pits and fissures are ideal places for plaque and bits of food to become lodged. Placing a thin covering (a sealant) over the pits and fissures can reduce the risk of decay.
A sealant is a clear shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars), where decay occurs most often. This sealant acts as a barrier, protecting the decay prone areas of the tooth from plaque and acid. Although children receive significant benefits from sealants, adults can also be at risk for pit and fissure decay and thus be candidates for sealants. When properly applied and maintained they can successfully protect the chewing surfaces of the tooth from decay.
Fluoride is one of the most effective elements for preventing tooth decay. This mineral combines with tooth enamel to strengthen it against decay. Fluoride may also actually reverse microscopic cavities by enhancing the process by which minerals, including calcium, are incorporated into the teeth.
Pre - Natal Dental Care
Pregnancy is a time of many changes, including changes in the mouth and oral health. It is important for pregnant women to get their teeth cleaned, examined and have any needed dental work done before their baby is born. Preliminary studies show that there may be an association between periodontal disease - a chronic infection of the gums - and premature birth (delivery before 37 weeks) and low-birth weight (baby weighing less than 2,500 grams). Improving oral health during pregnancy can also help prevent early cavities in their child. Dental decay is an infectious transmissible disease. Mothers can pass on decay causing germs to their babies. Good oral health for moms can mean good oral health for their babies.
All pregnant women should have a dental exam and maintain their regular cleaning schedule. Some women may even need to be seen more frequently for cleanings.
Mouth protectors cushion blows that would otherwise cause broken teeth, injuries to the lips and face, and sometimes even jaw fractures.
Any adult or child involved in a recreational activity that poses a risk of injury to the mouth can obtain smile protection with this important safety device. We can create a special mouth protector just for you – one that will provide comfort and proper fit. A custom-made mouth protector is individually designed and constructed in the dental office
Dental Care Maintenence Products
Daily brushing and cleaning between teeth are important to your dental health because it removes plaque. A total homecare prevention program includes brushing thrice a day, cleaning between teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaner, regular dental visits, and limiting the number of between-meal snacks. If these measures are followed, the risk of decay can be reduced or may even be eliminated.
Good oral hygiene requires the use of appropriate dental care products. It is our commitment to recommend only those homecare dental cleaning devices that we feel are appropriate for a specific situation in order to attain maximum benefit for our patients.
If you would like to learn more about the details and benefits of our Personalized Preventive Dental Care Program, contact our friendly and helpful staff today and schedule a FREE Dental Consultation appointment. Contact Brace Dental Clinic today for more information.