Preventive Dentistry Can Keep Teeth Clean
Whether you have heard it before or not, your oral health has a significant influence on your overall health and wellbeing. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other illnesses many people don’t associate with preventive dental care, are often linked to poor oral hygiene! That is why so many in the healthcare industry emphasize the importance of regular dental visits. During a preventive dental care visit, your Pembroke Pines dentist will be checking your overall oral health for any trouble areas and remove any plaque, tartar buildup, and may polish your teeth. Dental checkups are also the most common ways of keeping bad habits like smoking in check, do oral cancer screenings, including head, neck, and lymph node checks.
Essential Parts of Preventive Dental Care
- Prophylaxis (cleanings) for adults and children: Regular dental cleanings and checkups are necessary for your oral and overall health. We recommend dental visits every six months to help prevent cavities and other problems, but this is dependent on the state of your oral health.
- X-rays: At Pines Dental Solutions, we offer the latest in digital x-ray technology to help reduces radiation exposure to our patients! While traditional X-rays are considered safe, digital X-rays produce 80% less radiation than conventional. Dental x-rays are necessary to diagnose problems that are not visible with the naked eye. X-rays reveal cavities between the teeth or hidden by fillings, detect infections in the bone, abscesses, cysts, tumors, and fractures. Dental x-rays also give your dental provider a ‘baseline,’ allowing her or him to track changes in your oral health.
- Dental Sealants: Are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) to protect them from tooth decay. Most decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Dental sealants protect the chewing surfaces from decay by blocking germs and food particles from staying in these grooves.
- Fluoride application: Fluoride treatments aid in the prevention of dental caries (cavities).
- Oral Health Instruction & Guidance: This is an essential part of your dental visit and where the hygienist will show you the most effective way to care for your teeth and gums give your condition and alternative preventative measures.