Preventive Dentistry: Your first line of defense for a healthy smile

There is so much more to dentistry than endless drilling and filling. Great dental care isn’t only about fixing what’s wrong; it’s also about preventing things from going wrong in the first place! In fact, a large portion of your dental care is focused on emphasizing better oral health and the prevention of all kinds of dental diseases.

For a healthy smile, preventive dentistry may be your most valuable weapon. It’s your first line of defense, and its sole purpose is to preserve your oral structures for the rest of your life.

Your preventive care regimen starts with a thorough assessment and discussion about your oral health as well as your general health. With detailed information about your lifestyle, along with clinical notes and x-rays, your dentist can identify all of the factors that might be harmful to your smile. This assessment also aids in the identification of any existing dental conditions that will require treatment or regular monitoring.

A professional dental cleanings is considered an important aspect of prevention because it involves the removal of the plaque and tarter buildup that can lead to the bacterial infection known as periodontal disease. Getting rid of plaque bacteria (and teaching you how to remove it as well!) is also an effective way to prevent tooth decay.

When a professional-strength fluoride solution is applied to your teeth, the microscopic openings in the enamel are sealed to reduce sensitivity. Fluoride also replenishes the minerals that keep your enamel strong. It’s a fantastic way to fight cavities. For patients with an especially high risk for cavities, a take-home fluoride product might be recommended as well.

Dental sealants can be placed on the chewing surfaces of the molars to “seal” the tiny crevices that are most susceptible to cavities. Sealants are not invasive, they don’t typically require anesthesia, and they are safe for both children and adults.

In addition to the services that are provided in the dental office, preventive dentistry also includes educational information that will keep you healthy between appointments. To learn all about the preventive methods that are best for you, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866 to schedule a dental appointment today.