The American Dental Association recommends that you brush and floss your teeth every day to prevent serious complications like cavities and gum disease. However, brushing and flossing are only a part of the equation. To help you maintain a healthy mouth and prevent serious issues from arising, OHIOSmiles can help with preventative dentistry.
Cleanings and Exams
It is recommended by the ADA that you have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined every six months, in addition to your daily oral hygiene practices at home. Professional cleanings are performed to help you prevent the development of serious oral health complications. With cleanings, we can thoroughly remove buildup from all surfaces of your teeth, including those areas that you might not be able to effectively clean at home. In addition to removing plaque and bacteria, we are also able to eliminate stubborn tartar buildup, which cannot be eliminated with regular brushing.
Exams are performed to detect the presence of potential oral health issues. We can spot issues in their earliest stages when there are no symptoms. By detecting issues in their early stages, we are then able to provide you with effective, minimally invasive treatments, restoring your oral health before the issues progress.
Fluoride and Sealants
Fluoride and sealants are two preventative treatments that help you to further prevent the formation of cavities. Both are meant to be used in conjunction with good oral hygiene practices. Fluoride treatments are quick and painless. We simply apply a fluoride gel to the surfaces of your teeth. The fluoride absorbs directly into your tooth enamel, going to work remineralizing your teeth and enabling them to more effectively fight off acid attacks to prevent decay formation.
Sealants are an application meant to protect the chewing surfaces of your molars. These surfaces have deep crevices that can easily trap food particles and bacteria. They can also be difficult to effectively clean with your toothbrush. With sealants, we can cover over the crevices on your molars, preventing debris from getting trapped and helping to make your teeth easier to maintain.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease is a progressive oral health condition that affects not only your gums, but your teeth, their supporting structures, and your whole-body health as well. The type of treatment you receive for gum disease varies based on the severity of your condition. Treatments include:
If you play sports, you already know the importance of appropriate protective gear, especially if you play a contact sport. Included in your protection arsenal should be a properly fitting mouthguard. Mouthguards are made to protect not only your teeth but your intraoral tissues and your jawbone. They can also help to reduce your risk of concussion. With a mouthguard, you help to keep your mouth safe, preventing the need for extensive, invasive, expensive dental procedures.
Oral DNA Testing
Oral DNA testing is a diagnostic tool that helps us to determine the presence of certain oral health issues such as gum disease and oral cancer. The test uses biomarkers found in your saliva. Certain biomarkers are linked to certain issues. Oral DNA testing can also look at your DNA to predict your risk for developing certain oral health, or overall health, issues before they occur.
Being Afraid of the Dentist
Being afraid of the dentist is a common issue. Many patients experience fear or anxiety at the thought of undergoing any kind of treatment, even a routine cleaning, and exam. To help you feel more at ease while undergoing dental treatment, we can provide you with sedation. Sedation involves the use of gas or medication to help you relax and remain calm. You can get the treatments you need without subjecting yourself to fear, allowing you to have a more pleasant dental experience.
In conjunction with brushing and flossing at home, preventative dentistry can help you to prevent serious oral health issues from occurring, allowing you to maintain your beautiful, healthy smile. Call OHIOSmiles today at (740) 781-0540 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Denise Antalis, DDS
1500 Deerpath Drive
Cambridge, OH 43725