What is Preventive Dentistry? 

Your teeth have many functions and are an important part of your oral health. They are made to last you a lifetime, so it’s important to treat them with care and perform regular preventative dental care. Beyond that, good oral hygiene positively impacts your overall health. With a combination of brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting your dentist for a check-up every six months, you can extend the life of your smile and keep your teeth healthy and bright. During these check-ups, you may expect an oral exam, a teeth cleaning, or a routine x-ray. Caring for your teeth starts early, so start your children early to extend their dental hygiene throughout their lifetime.  


Dental Cleanings and Examinations:

A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. At Burns Family Dentistry we’ll start you off by evaluating your overall oral health on your first visit. We will take and review any necessary x-rays and review your medical history. Your hygienist will examine and evaluate the periodontal health of your gums. Most patients will have their teeth polished and tarter removed about the gums straight away. Tartar buildup can lead to unhealthy gums, tooth decay, and bad breath. Some patients with deep periodontal pocketing of gingivitis may need to come back for additional deeper cleanings. Our recall appointments are about 1-hour long and we set aside an hour and a half for new patients, so we have plenty of time to give you the full examination and cleaning your smile needs. Routine cleanings are a large part of your periodontal health, which can affect your overall health and contribute to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and inflammation in the body. We want you to feel healthy and be proud of your smile. Contact us today to polish your smile with routine dental cleaning.

A dental examination is a regularly scheduled inspection of your teeth from a dentist or dental hygienist. Preventative dentistry isn’t just checking your teeth for cavities or your gums for pockets. It is also screening for high blood pressure, checking for signs of oral cancer, and assessing your periodontal health. Over the years, we have picked up on oral and thyroid cancer, diabetic and hypertensive crises, and even patients in the early stages of a heart attack. Dental exams are a critical part of preventative health care. Contact us today to schedule your next dental exam.

Sealants

Sealants are used to fill narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. Dental sealants are important to your health because they prevent tooth decay.

How It Works:
Any tooth structure that has fine grooves or pits can accumulate plaque and would benefit from a sealant. It’s not because the person doesn’t brush, but because the grooves are too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. To avoid cavities developing over time, our dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits in your teeth, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy and clean. You can learn more about this process by contacting us today.

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How To Practice Good Oral Hygiene:

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, but they also make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being. Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop. 

In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that children and adults alike can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:

  • Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss daily 
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals 
  • Use dental products which contain fluoride, including toothpaste 
  • Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse if advised to do so 
  • Make sure children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area 
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams 
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months 

How Do You Know Your Oral Hygiene Routine Works? 

There are many different indications of good oral hygiene. Here are some ways to make sure you’re taking good care of your smile: 

  • Your teeth are clean and free of debris 
  • Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss 
  • Bad breath is not a constant problem 

If you’re experiencing any regular grime or debris, having gum or teeth pains, or find yourself with constant bad breath, contact us today. This could be signs of oral health issues, and we’d like to prevent them before they happen.  

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For your preventative dentistry needs, contact us today or give us a call at 540.373.6557.