Preventive Dental Care in American Canyon
The best dental treatment is preventing oral health issues in the first place. Since most oral health conditions are painless at first, you might not become aware of the problems until they cause significant damage.
Benefits of Preventive Dental Care
If you’re at high risk for dental problems, you will benefit from frequent checkups. A dental exam can allow your dentist to identify cavities, enamel loss, gum disease and check for any abnormal tissue growth.
If dental issues have started to develop, catching them in the beginning, can save you the pain of dental emergencies and intrusive treatments at later stages of the problem. By investing in prevention, you are potentially saving thousands of dollars over a lifetime.
Many dental insurance plans cover preventive dental care because it is an important part of the overall health of a person. Your insurance likely covers bi-annual teeth cleanings, full-mouth x-rays, and fluoride treatment for your children.
What Involves Preventive Dental Care?
When we examine your teeth, we can detect any problems arising due to existing medical conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, and eating disorders. Detecting potential problems can lower the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Regular checkups will also keep you on track with good oral hygiene habits.
The American Dental Association recommends bi-annual gum examination. A visual inspection of the gums can reveal redness, swelling, as well as determine if the gums are beginning to recede or form pockets between teeth. We also take x-rays to look at bone structure beneath the gums.
Recommended every six months, they help to remove plaque that is unable to come off by only brushing at home. This is a great preventative measure to avoid tooth decay.
Plaque That Causes Dental Decay
X-rays are taken to identify problems that are not visible to the naked eye such as cavities between teeth and problems below the gum-line. For example, we may be able to look at your wisdom teeth and perceive if they might need to be removed to avoid dental issues in the future.
Mouth-guards and Night-guards
We can make custom-made mouth-guards for you, to prevent sports-related dental injuries.
A night-guard can be made for you if you have a problem with grinding teeth.
When we identify problems like overcrowded teeth or bad-bite, orthodontic treatments like braces or Invisalign can be recommended to limit the possibility of future dental problems.
Fluoride has decay fighting properties. We can apply fluoride directly on the tooth where it can do the most good. This precautionary measure can be used for children and adults who have cavity-prone teeth. The topical treatment we provide here are cannot be bought over the counter since they can only be administered by a professional.