Maintaining good oral hygiene at home is essential for oral health, but preventive dentistry takes protection even further by monitoring and treating potential problems before they occur. At Cornerstone Dental of Rexburg, Dr. Crofoot can perform complete and thorough cleanings to protect your teeth from tooth decay and gum disease.
In addition to checking for cavities, we also conduct oral cancer screenings to check for signs of the disease. Through X-rays and digital scanning, we can also identify potential issues that are developing below the gum line so that we can treat them immediately. This helps to improve the condition of your smile and prevent future problems from occurring.
The Benefits of Preventive Dentistry
- Prevent the formation of gum disease
- Reduce the risk of tooth damage
- Protect against the risks of diabetes
- Improve your overall health
- Lower your overall healthcare costs
- Keep your mouth fresh and healthy
- Give you a brighter smile
- Keep your teeth bright by whitening them
- Spot early signs of oral cancer
- Maintain the integrity of dental implants
- Improve your overall quality of life
Some Preventive Dentistry Services
Regular dental cleanings, known as prophylaxis, are typically recommended every six months. During a dental cleaning, a dental hygienist or dentist removes plaque, tartar, and stains from the teeth. This helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease and keeps the teeth and gums healthy.
Dental examinations are comprehensive evaluations of the oral cavity, including the teeth, gums, tongue, and other oral tissues. Dr. Crofoot performs thorough visual examinations, checks for signs of dental problems, and may use dental tools, X-rays, or other diagnostic methods to detect and identify issues. Regular dental examinations help detect dental problems at early stages when they are easier to treat.
Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. They form a barrier that helps prevent bacteria and food particles from getting trapped in the deep grooves and pits of the teeth, reducing the risk of cavities in these areas. Dental sealants are commonly applied to children's permanent molars when they erupt.
Oral Health Education
A dentist or dental hygienist plays a crucial role in educating patients about proper oral care techniques, including brushing, flossing, and diet recommendations. They would also recommend avoiding habits like smoking and excessive sugar consumption.
By following preventive dentistry practices and visiting the dentist regularly, individuals can maintain optimal oral health, prevent dental problems, and enjoy a healthy smile. Preventive dentistry helps save money by avoiding costly treatments and contributes to overall well-being and quality of life. Visit Cornerstone Dental of Rexburg at 44 S Center St, Suite B, Rexburg, ID 83440, or call (208) 656-3008 for the best dental care.