There are two ways to approach dental care: it’s either something you get when you have a problem or it’s a constant battle to keep your teeth healthy. At Northwest Dental Group you can probably guess which camp we fall into: the one that aims to keep your teeth healthy with preventive treatments and proactive care!
Maintaining a healthy mouth isn’t nearly as difficult as people think, but it does take some effort at home and regular visits to our Rochester dentist office. With the proper care and planning you can easily keep your mouth healthy and your teeth in perfect shape for your entire life.
What Is Preventive Dental Care?
Think about the visits you make to the doctor’s office: if you’re like a lot of adults you make the occasional preventive visit to take care of an issue before it gets serious or even to get a regular checkup to be sure you’re still in good health. These kinds of visits can be the difference between developing a serious condition and catching it early: an important part of lifelong health!
Dental care is designed to function in much the same way: a checkup every six months will generally prevent serious tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health conditions. Unfortunately, a lot of people neglect to get regular dental care and only see us when things have already gone seriously wrong!
Keeping Your Teeth Healthy: What Does Preventive Care Do?
Almost all oral health problems can be attributed to one cause: oral bacteria. There is a thriving world of bacteria in your mouth: it’s just part of life! In fact, there are over 300 species of bacteria that live in the mouth of the average person. Many of those strains are harmless, but there are plenty that do damage to your teeth as well. Those dangerous strains metabolize sugar into acid that eats away at your enamel, causing cavities and also contributing to gum disease.
The typical preventive dental appointment has two aims in mind: remove excess plaque bacteria and check your mouth for problems that have developed since we last saw you. At Northwest Dental Group we use advanced digital imaging, visual inspection, and other methods of checking out your mouth to get an idea of how healthy your teeth and gums are. By comparing X-rays and other records to the current state of your teeth we’re able to pick up on any differences, making our diagnoses easy and accurate.
Cleanings involve using specialized tools to remove the plaque that you have a hard time getting to at home. Oral bacteria always tries to find the smallest, least accessible places in your mouth because it makes it so much easier for it to survive the brushing and flossing you do every day. Six months is the perfect interval between cleanings because it allows us to detect changes early and give your mouth a “reset” on its cleanliness and ability to fight cavities.
What Else Is Part Of Preventive Dental Care?
Preventive dental care starts with those six month cleanings and exams but it doesn’t stop there. We use a variety of treatments to protect and preserve your oral health when you see us for regular preventive appointments.
- Fluoride Treatments can restore lost enamel due to fluoride’s unique ability to remineralize your teeth. Your teeth are constantly losing microscopic levels of enamel but fluoride can actually rebuild it stronger than it was before!
- Dental Sealants are a tooth colored plastic that are placed on the chewing surfaces of your molars and premolars. They close the deep ridges and valleys in your mouth so that bacteria can’t get in there and create cavities.
- Mouthguards and other protective measures can keep your teeth safe from injury due to sports, grinding and clenching, and other activity or habits that can damage your smile.
- Nutritional Counseling can be important for some patients who don’t understand the connection between food and oral health. We’re always glad to help our patients understand their oral health!
Protection Starts Today!
Whether you’re looking for a new dentist or you’ve simply been missing your regular dental appointments for a while we’re ready to see you at Northwest Dental Group! There’s no better time to take control of your oral health than today!
You can schedule an appointment at our Rochester dentist office by calling 507-216-6252 or filling out our online form. We look forward to seeing you soon!