Preventive dentistry focuses on preventing oral infections and diseases even before they can occur. It involves various procedures and tests that are performed by a dentist and also the preventive measures that one can take at home. Here are some of the preventive dental procedures that we carry out to help our patients maintain a healthy and aesthetically-pleasing smile:
Dental x-rays help in determining many dental conditions. Some of them are as follows:
- Cracked and fractured teeth
- Recession of bone
- Tumors (both cancerous and non-cancerous)
- Hidden cavities
- Abscess or cysts
Hidden cavities can be very dangerous as they can quickly escalate in magnitude and could cause tooth loss as well. Hence, dental x-rays help in spotting such cavities.
Dental cleaning is a crucial step in preventing dental infections. Bacteria tend to accumulate on the surface of teeth, and if not removed regularly, they turn into a layer of plaque. Plaque and tartar are the leading causes of cavities and gum diseases.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that exists in our teeth. It is made available to us through drinking water and the toothpaste that we use. But, sometimes, we face a deficiency of the mineral, and this can weaken the teeth, making them more vulnerable to cavities. Hence, a dentist performs a fluoride treatment, to increase the amount of fluoride in the teeth, which acts as a preventive measure against cavities.
Oral cancer screening
Oral cancer, when found during the early stages, can be treated more effectively. Hence, as a preventive measure against the disease, the dentist checks for signs of redness, ulcers, cysts, lumps, bleeding, swollen gums, etc.
Checking for a malocclusion
Malocclusion means the misalignment of the teeth. Some of the common misalignment issues like open bite, closed bite, crossbite, spacing, crowding, etc. can be found and treated in its early stages.
Sealants are used to cover the grooves on the surface of teeth. It prevents the accumulation of the residual food particles and bacteria on them, which in turn prevents cavities.
Evaluating the gum health
The dentist can check for signs of gum recession, bleeding, inflammation, cysts, and tumors, redness, the release of pus from the gums, etc. and prevent any gum disease.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (860) 529-1620, and our highly experienced dentist, Dr. Cavalieri, would be happy to help.