Preventive Dental Care
Preventive dental care starts at home with regular brushing and flossing. However, even if you follow the ADA’s guidelines to brush twice daily and floss once per day, oral health issues can still arise. Professional preventive dental care is essential for preventing serious oral health issues, including tooth decay, gum disease, and more, from occurring. At University Periodontal Associates in Houston TX, we provide the preventive care you need to keep your mouth functioning at, and looking, its best.
What Patients Should Know About their Teeth
Our preventive services include:
We recommend that you have at least two professional cleanings at least twice a year. During these cleanings, we use tools to rid the surfaces of your teeth from plaque (a sticky film that builds up on your teeth), tartar (hardened plaque that cannot be removed by brushing), bacteria, and other debris from the surfaces of your teeth. We also polish your teeth to clean them further and lift surface stains away. By cleaning your teeth, we help to remove any buildup, including from areas that might go overlooked during home care, to prevent tooth decay (which leads to cavities) and gum irritation (which leads to gum disease).
Exams should also be done at least twice a year, and are usually done during the same visits as your dental cleanings. With exams at our Houston office, we take a closer look at the structures of your mouth. We check your teeth for signs of damage, decay, and cavities. We look at your gums, checking for signs of redness and swelling (which can indicate gum disease). We will also inspect the other tissues of your mouth, check for any abnormalities, what is known as an oral cancer screening. We may also measure periodontal pockets and take X-rays to get a better look at what is happening below your gum line. Exams allow us to find issues in their earliest stages so that we can take care of them to prevent them from becoming worse.
Fluoride is an element that occurs naturally in your teeth. Every day, it is lost through a process known as demineralization. It can be replaced by a variety of sources – treated water, certain foods, and fluoridated oral care products. However, these methods may not be enough. Fluoride is essential for fighting off the plaque acids that lead to tooth decay. We provide fluoride treatments, a simple, pain-free way to add fluoride back into your teeth. After your cleaning, we use a fluoridated gel, which is applied to the surfaces of your teeth. The fluoride absorbs directly into your teeth, helping to protect them from cavities.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, gum disease can still occur. With regular oral exams, we can help you to spot this condition in its earliest stages, and take action right away. Gum disease is a serious oral health condition that only gets worse the longer it goes untreated. Treatment for gum disease varies based upon its stage. Sometimes, a deep cleaning, known as a scaling and root planing, can help your gums to heal. This treatment removes plaque, tartar, and bacterial buildup from the gum line and along the roots of your teeth. We may prescribe you with a prescription strength mouth wash. In some cases, periodontal surgical procedures may also be needed, which can restore the health of your mouth, along with allowing your gums to begin healing.
Sealants are another preventative measure taken against cavities. They are s coating that covers deep grooves and crevices of your teeth, where food and bacteria can easily get stuck and cause decay. Sealants are a fast, pain-free way to help in the fight against cavities. They cover the crevices on the chewing surfaces of your molars and help to make your teeth easier to keep clean.
X-rays are a crucial part of your oral health care record. They allow us to see all of the hidden spaces within your mouth, including the spaces between your teeth, the roots of your teeth, and your jawbone. These images allow us to spot decay, infections, and other issues we might otherwise not notice until the condition became more serious. With X-rays, we can provide prompt, effective treatments, helping to get your oral health back on track.
Professional preventive dental care helps you to keep your mouth happy and healthy by preventing serious oral health issues from occurring. If you are ready to schedule your appointment, call University Periodontal Associates in Houston at (832) 975-0990 today.
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