Preventative dental treatments are aimed at maintaining oral health and preventing dental issues before they occur. They help to keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy and also improve your daily quality of life. With the help of preventive dental care, you may be able to avoid more expensive and painful treatments in the future.
What Are the Preventative Treatments?
Preventative treatments include oral hygiene, teeth cleaning, sealants, fluoride treatments, and X-rays.
- Oral hygiene is crucial to your oral health. It includes brushing and flossing every day to remove plaque and food particles from your teeth.
- A professional cleaning done by our dentist helps clean your teeth more thoroughly.
- Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and prevents cavities. It can be added to your home water supply or incorporated into the toothpaste you use on a daily basis.
- Teeth sealants are liquid plastic that is applied to the grooves of the back teeth and hardens until it resembles the enamel of your teeth. These sealants act as a shield against cavity-causing bacteria that gather in the grooves of your molars or premolars.
- X-rays are an excellent way to detect any early signs of tooth decay or gum disease. They can also be used to evaluate bone loss in your jaw and the growth of jaw tumors. They are a very safe method for detecting potential problems.
- You will also receive advice about how often you need to visit our office for dental exams, as well as what you can do at home to avoid cavities and gum disease.
What Are the Benefits of Preventative Treatments?
Preventative treatments have numerous benefits, including the following:
- They help prevent expensive dental treatments in the future.
- They improve oral health and prevent painful dental conditions such as tooth decay or periodontal disease.
- They enhance self-esteem because most people have an attractive smile that they are proud of.
What Are the Procedures for Preventative Treatments?
The first step is an examination of your teeth and gums to determine your dental needs. Then, X-rays will be taken to study the condition of your mouth's structures like your jaws, teeth, gums, or other problems of the head and neck regions, if any. Based on these examinations and X-rays, our dentist will choose the required dental treatment and guide you on how frequently you need to visit our office or follow up at home for further treatment or exams.
To learn more, visit us at Helena, MT, or call us at (406) 443-6160 to schedule an appointment with the dentist and we will be happy to help.