Preventive dentistry is a field of dentistry that focuses on preventing oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. At Polin Dental, our dentist can provide professional cleanings, exams, and education to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums and avoid cavities and gingivitis.
If you’re concerned about the condition of your smile, talk to our dentist about preventive solutions like fluoride treatments and sealants. These can help prevent tooth decay and protect your teeth from damage due to night grinding or acid erosion.
At-home care is also an essential part of preventive dentistry. Brushing and flossing regularly will help remove plaque and food particles that can lead to decay, gum disease, and discoloration. You should also avoid foods and beverages high in sugar, which can lead to bacteria buildup and tooth enamel erosion.
Common Preventive Dentistry Treatments
During a dental cleaning, our dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth to remove any plaque or tartar buildup from difficult-to-access places in the mouth. This can remove harmful bacteria that contribute to oral health problems like gum disease and tooth decay. Afterward, our dentist can polish your teeth to make them smooth and shiny, enhancing the appearance of your smile.
A fluoride treatment is a quick and easy procedure that involves applying professional-strength topical fluoride to the surface of the teeth. This helps strengthen the enamel of your teeth and prevent decay.
An oral cancer screening helps our dental team identify signs of oral cancer early. That way, we can treat it before it has a chance to become more severe and potentially life-threatening.
Sealants are thin plastic coatings that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent cavities. These areas often contain pits and depressions that are difficult to clean correctly with brushing alone. Sealants can add an extra layer of protection for these common problem areas.
What Happens During a Preventive Dentistry Visit?
During your checkup, our dental team will examine your teeth for any signs of trouble or decay. By finding and treating these early warning signs, we can prevent them from developing into a more significant problem in the future. If we detect an issue, we will also discuss treatment options with you so you can make an informed decision about your care.
In addition to exams and cleanings, we may also recommend other preventive treatments. These may include fluoride treatment, which helps strengthen enamel and reduce cavity risk; sealants, which protect teeth from cavities by sealing out bacteria from the deep grooves of teeth; and mouthguards or nightguards, which protect the teeth and jaw from injury during play or sleep.
Preventive dentistry is a term used to describe the measures we take to prevent dental disease and decay in patients of all ages. Contact Polin Dental at 2600 N Military Trl #320 in Boca Raton 33431 or call (561) 997-2323 to schedule an appointment.