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Preventive Dentistry at The Elmwood Dental Group LLC
At The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, we take exceptional care of your oral health. Below are some of the preventive dental services that our practice provides.
Our Preventive Services:
A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning that is exclusively performed by a certified dental hygienist. While you may be faithful about brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once, even with the best at home techniques, there are still areas that you are likely to miss. Twice yearly dental check-ups and cleanings help detect problems when they are small and easier to treat.
Professional Dental Exams
A dental exam is a procedure in which we check over the condition of your mouth, checking for signs of oral health issues, including cavities, gum disease, tooth damage, and more. Regular dental exams are recommended every six months and are generally performed in the same appointment as your regular professional cleanings.
Proper Brushing Techniques
Taking care of your mouth is important for preventing serious oral health issues like cavities and gum disease, keeping your mouth happy and healthy. Part of maintaining good oral health involves brushing. However, it is not enough to simply brush your teeth. Technique matters.
How to Floss Properly
Flossing at least once a day is a crucial part of your oral hygiene routine. While brushing helps to eliminate plaque, bacteria, and other debris from most surfaces of your teeth, the bristles of your toothbrush cannot reach the spaces between your teeth. Without flossing, plaque and bacteria can continue to accumulate between your teeth. This can lead to cavities between your teeth as well as gum disease, even if you brush properly.
X-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Detecting issues with x-rays before they become problematic can save you money in the long run. Early detection can help prevent the need for more extensive, expensive procedures or surgeries.
Sealants are generally placed on a child’s adult/permanent molars to help prevent tooth decay on the biting surfaces of back teeth (molars). Some of the natural grooves of these teeth can be deep and trap food that can resist casual brushing and rinsing. If left in place, the trapped food allows bacteria to multiply, eventually causing tooth decay and requiring costly attention.
Taking care of your teeth is essential for preventing oral health issues, such as tooth decay (cavities). Cavity prevention involves flossing, brushing, and regular dental cleanings and exams. After a cavity forms, it needs to be treated. Untreated, a cavity only grows larger, causing serious problems. At The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, we can treat your cavities, restoring the health of your mouth with composite dental fillings.
Importance of a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is important to provide the nutrients needed for your body to function properly. A well balanced diet includes the six food groups, each of which has different benefits for your body. Eating a variety of foods ensures that your body will get all the nutrients it needs to be and stay healthy.
Fluoride provides strength to your enamel, protecting your teeth from the harmful effects of acid. In each day, fluoride is lost to the acids from plaque and bacteria, as well as the acids found in certain foods and drinks.
Topical Fluoride, Fluoride Varnish, and Fluoride Supplements
Fluoride is an essential element in helping to remineralize the teeth. When restored to the tooth enamel, it helps to provide strength against acid attacks, keeping the teeth strong and healthy. There are a few different ways in which fluoride can be restored to the teeth.
Oral Cancer Screening
When it comes to oral health, we want nothing but the best for our patients here at the The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, and this includes dental examinations for your overall health and wellness. This may seem routine to you, but it is essential that you follow through with each visit. During your dental visit, our dentists or dental hygienist will review your health history and examine you for signs of mouth and throat cancer. Your mouth is part of the oral cavity, which also includes your lips, cheek lining, gums, front part of your tongue, floor of the mouth and the hard palate (roof of your mouth).
Involvement in sports is a wonderful physical activity, whether you are a child or an adult. While sports are great fun, there are many types, including football, soccer, lacrosse, and martial arts, that can pose a risk for serious injuries. These injuries can also include facial injuries that can affect your teeth and your jaw. Wearing the appropriate protective gear is essential for injury prevention. To protect your mouth, a sportsguard is crucial.
A great smile filled with perfectly straight, bright white teeth can leave a powerful impression. However, even if you have the perfect smile, your first impressions can be ruined by bad breath. If your breath is always bad, a condition known as halitosis; it can have a significant impact on your social life as well as your quality of life. It can also indicate an underlying issue.