Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for a patient’s teeth and gums to keep them healthy and prevent disease. It involves taking proactive steps to care for your teeth and gums. This includes professional dental cleanings and checkups, as well as education on proper brushing and flossing techniques. These steps are beneficial for preventing common dental issues, including plaque buildup, catching cavities early, and gum disease. This field of dentistry provides patients with the opportunity to maintain their oral health for their entire lifetime.
Preventive Dentistry Procedures
Custom Night Guards
Night guards are custom-fit oral appliances worn at night. These appliances are worn as a preventative treatment for patients who suffer from bruxism. This repetitive jaw clenching and grinding can lead to a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.
Custom night guards are designed to protect the teeth, the TMJ (temporomandibular joint), and the muscles that control jaw movement. Wearing a night guard reduces the effects of teeth-grinding and prevents further damage to the teeth, jaw, and muscles.
Dental Cleanings & Polishings
During a dental cleaning, one of our dentists will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, polishing them afterward for a whiter, brighter smile. This procedure helps to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
We recommend scheduling a dental cleaning every six months. If you have poor oral hygiene habits, we may recommend more frequent appointments.
Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are applied to the surface of teeth. Once in place, sealants can protect teeth from decay and cavities. They are often used on children’s permanent teeth, but adults can benefit from them as well.
Most dental sealants are made of plastic resins, but they also come in a resin-free form that is made out of glass.
Sealants work by filling in the crevices of the teeth. They are applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars, which are the most likely to trap food particles. The sealant forms a protective layer over the tooth, which prevents bacteria and food particles from getting into the tooth and causing decay.
Fluoride treatment is a preventive treatment used to limit tooth decay and cavities. The treatment involves applying a topical fluoride treatment to your teeth, which creates a protective layer over the teeth.
This procedure is often recommended in conjunction with dental sealants. The treatment is usually provided once or twice a year, depending on the patient. Patients who suffer from dry mouth or gum disease may also benefit from fluoride treatment.
Periodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, treatment, and management of the periodontal disease. This disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the gums. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and gum recession.
If you are diagnosed with periodontitis, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums, take X-rays, and perform a periodontal exam. They may recommend you undergo scaling and root planing.
To learn more about our dental services, you can schedule your appointment with our dentist by calling us at (801) 394-0808 or visiting us at 548 12th Street, Ogden, UT 84404. We will be happy to guide you further.