Wearing your seatbelt before you drive or even your sweater when it’s cold are simple ways we practice prevention on a daily basis. With dentistry, brushing and flossing regularly and having regular check-ups twice a year are similar preventive ways to keep your oral health and hygiene. By taking small preventive steps regularly, you’ll see significant improvements in your oral health.
A scheduled dentist appointment every six months is recommended by the Crossroads Family Dentistry staff and the ADA. At these appointments, you can expect meticulous cleanings and screenings to ensure that you are 100% healthy. These check-ups are extremely important for our dentists to track your oral health and monitor any crowns, fillings, or implants. At the end of your appointment, we’d be happy to answer any questions and offer advice on the best method to care for your unique smile.
Sealants are a very standard dental treatment that coat your back teeth (molars and premolars) with a thin plastic layer. Despite the slim coating, sealants are very durable and protect these teeth against decay. They are predominantly clear or slightly tinted and are almost unnoticeable. While it is best to place sealants on teeth that are still erupting, we do offer sealants to adults, too. Regardless of when the sealants are placed, cleaning is still necessary, as they do not protect the entire tooth, only the area that they cap.
Scaling and Root Planing
While they may sound like complicated procedures, scaling and root planing are just extensive cleaning treatments for your teeth. The procedure involves removing the tartar and plaque from a tooth, restoring it to a more natural state. At Crossroads Family Dentistry, we have specially designed equipment to remove the tartar and smooth the area so that the integrity of the tooth itself is not harmed. By removing these calcified deposits, there is a lower risk of bacteria and infection affecting your teeth.
Benefits of Preventive Dentistry
Your six-month cleanings have a large impact on your dental health, even if you only see your dentist twice a year. When you make a visit to your dentist near you, you can look forward to the following benefits of preventive care:
- Discover, predict or prevent changes in your dental health
- Have the opportunity to discuss your dental concerns with your dentist
- Receive long-lasting dental care using advanced dental technology
- Remain informed and in control of your dental treatment options
- Support a healthier mouth and smile for years to come