Preventive Dentistry Overview
At Platte Valley Dental Care, we pride ourselves on being a top provider of preventive dentistry in Platte Valley. Most patients don’t know that preventive dentistry is the best form of dentistry they can spend their time and money on. Luckily, dental insurance covers preventive dentistry. Continue reading to find out all of the different preventive dentistry procedures we can offer you and your family at our Platte Valley dental office.
One of the best ways of preventing serious dental problems is with dental exams. Every six months, your dentist will examine your entire mouth with both the naked eye and with x-rays and other pieces of dental technology. During these visits, our dentist will find any underlying problems and immediately stop them in their tracks. For example, it’s much easier to treat a new cavity than it is to treat one that has been growing for years. A composite filling is a must better solution than a root canal. Our dentist will check you thoroughly for decay, plaque, tartar, signs of gum disease and even oral cancer. It’s important to make these visits a priority so we can stop problems in their tracks.
During your exam, we will take a variety of dental x-rays. X-rays help us see what’s going on inside your teeth instead of just what we see with our naked eye. X-rays can help us detect cavities, infections, and even problems going on with alignment.
Following your exam, your dentist will bring our hygienist in to properly clean your teeth. This is where we will scrape off any hardened tarter and remove any plaque that we see. It’s important to visit us for professional cleanings because tarter cannot be removed by brushing alone. This can lead to serious cavities and other dental problems like gum disease.
One of the top ways to prevent cavities and dental decay is with dental sealants. Sealants are typically put in your teeth when you are a kid. Sealants cover up the pits in your teeth where food can easily become trapped. This, as a result, prevents cavities in children.
Oral Cancer Screening
Most people don’t think of cancer when they think of going to the dentist. You shouldn’t have to worry about oral cancer, which is why we look for it during every examination. Oral cancer can be serious but when caught early, your chances of survival are strong.
One of our favorite forms of preventive dentistry, periodontics is the treatment of your gums. Most patients who lose their teeth lose them to gum disease. Gum disease begins with inflammation, bleeding, and swelling of the gums. In order to prevent it from progressing, we do deep cleanings or root scaling and planning. This stops the gum disease from developing and saves your teeth from potential infection.
Experience the Benefits of Preventive Dentistry Yourself
Now that you have read all about the preventive dentistry options at Platte Valley Dental Care, give us a call to schedule your next complete dental exam at our Platte Valley dental office. We look forward to educating you more about preventive dentistry and doing your part to save your teeth at home. Fill out our online form or give us a call to schedule your appointment.