Aside from a proper oral care routine at home, one of the best things you can do for your smile is to keep up with your regular appointments. The frequency of your visits depends on your level of dental health, but typically, you should come in for a routine checkup every six months. These visits include a comprehensive exam, x-rays, and a deep cleaning to help maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that builds strong teeth and prevents cavities. The naturally occurring antibacterial properties of fluoride help prevent cavities by depositing minerals back onto your teeth in areas where mineral content has been lost. This process is called remineralization. Fluoride can be found in drinking water and in most toothpastes, but a professional fluoride treatment involves a highly concentrated gel that is applied to your teeth.
Fluoride treatments are completely painless and non-invasive, and they are especially useful for patients at high risk of developing cavities. Since children often have a higher intake of sugary foods and may not brush their teeth properly, fluoride treatments are especially beneficial for pediatric patients. Other patients who may have a high risk of developing cavities include those with poor dental hygiene, weak enamel, or dry mouth.
A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth (usually the premolars and molars) to prevent tooth decay. Typically, dental sealants are only suggested for patients who are particularly prone to cavities, like children and teens, but who do not yet exhibit any signs of decay.
During this quick, painless treatment, Dr. Babb will paint the surfaces of teeth with liquid resin. When the sealant bonds into the tiny depressions and grooves of your teeth, it hardens and forms a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. While this shield protects your teeth from harmful bacteria build-up, dental sealants should not be considered a substitute for regular oral care. Patients with dental sealants will still need to brush, floss, and come in for regular checkups and cleanings to avoid dental issues.
Though the early stages of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) may not be visible to the naked eye, this common dental health issue affects about half of American adults. If your gums bleed while brushing or flossing, or you notice that your gum line seems to be receding, these are signs of periodontal disease. Call us right away to schedule an appointment so we can help you address these symptoms and treat issues to prevent further damage.
The first line of defense against periodontal disease is regular brushing and flossing, and keeping up with routine cleanings. When teeth aren’t cared for properly with these preventive measures, bacteria can build-up in the mouth and turn into tartar. Once tartar forms on your teeth, it can only be removed by a dentists with professional grade tools. At Pineville Family Dentistry, we offer judgment-free periodontal care for all stages of gum disease, as well as preventive treatment to help you avoid this prevalent issue.