At Crossroads Family Dentistry, we focus on conservative, preventive care. Dr. Dais, Dr. Faulconer, and Dr. Underwood all make it their goal to provide you with the care you need to avoid common problems like gum disease, tooth decay, and more. Routine visits every six months for an oral exam and teeth cleaning are absolutely essential for maintaining your oral health.
By regularly checking your teeth and your oral health, our dentists are able to catch any potential issues early and take appropriate steps to ensure that they do not develop into a more severe oral health condition.
The Benefits Of Preventive Dentistry
- Prevent tooth loss and damage – Teeth that are damaged or infected due to tooth decay must be treated immediately with a filling, crown, or a root canal. Without proper treatment, you could lose your tooth permanently. The same is true of gum disease, which is irreversible after it progresses past the early stages of gingivitis. Preventative care helps you avoid tooth loss and damage, and keeps your smile healthy.
- Save time and money – Regular oral exams and teeth cleanings are much more affordable than restorative treatments like root canal therapy or crowns. Preventative care helps you avoid these procedures, saving you both time and money.
- Maintain a bright smile – During your teeth cleaning, we’ll ensure that your teeth are healthy and that they look their best by removing plaque and tartar.
Common FAQs About Preventive Dentistry
Here are a few common questions we hear when it comes to preventive care at Crossroads Family Dentistry:
- Is preventive care covered by insurance? Most dental insurance plans cover 100% of the cost of routine preventive care like x-rays, teeth cleanings, and oral exams. Other treatments, like deep cleaning, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants may not be fully covered. It depends on your insurance plan, so contact your insurer for more details about your benefits and coverage.
- Do I really need to come in for an appointment every 6 months? Yes! This is the best way for us to track your oral health and ensure that your mouth is free of issues like cavities and tooth decay.
- Can fluoride treatments reverse cavities? No. Once a cavity has developed, it must be filled. Fluoride treatments can strengthen the teeth and reverse decay, but only before a cavity has formed.
- Can gum disease be reversed? Yes, in some cases. Gingivitis, the earliest phase of gum disease, does not permanently harm your teeth or gums. However, if it is not treated, it can progress and cause irreversible harm to your mouth. Early treatment is critical for preventing permanent damage due to gum disease.
- How can I keep my teeth healthy at home? Brush at least twice a day for two minutes, and floss daily. Replace your toothbrush about every 3-4 months. Avoid eating a diet excessively high in sugar and starch. Limit your intake of sugary beverages like juice and soda.
Preventive Dentistry From Crossroads Family Dentistry
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.