Hatboro General Preventive DentistryWhile it's good to treat cavities it's even better to prevent them! At the Modern Dentistry of Hatboro, we strive to ensure optimal preventive dental care for the entire family! By successfully preventing or reducing dental disease, you are able to not only maintain a healthy and beautiful smile but also are able to save hundreds of dollars from costly dental treatments!
A preventive program is a cooperative effort by you, Dr. Millan, and our Hatboro dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene, proper brushing and flossing techniques, and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
Some of the more common dental treatments used to prevent disease include:
While proper and regular home care is a great start in preventing oral complications, bacteria can remain in hard-to-reach areas like under the gums and between the teeth. This can lead to plaque which can lead to further complications. By having professional teeth cleanings, we stare able to bring the number of oral bacteria down to zero. We use special tools and dental amenities that can go under the gums and scrape away stubborn plaque. If needed, these tools can reach the tooth roots and get rid of bacteria hiding in the pits and grooves. After a thorough cleaning, your hygienist will polish your teeth to keep it smooth and shiny.
Teeth cleaning is also an excellent opportunity to learn if your oral hygiene regimen is working. Your dental hygienist can recommend proper brushing and flossing techniques to keep your mouth healthy in-between appointments.
Regular ExamsRegular dental checkups identify and treat problems before they show symptoms. Along with teeth cleaning, this preventive technique can keep you free from dental disease for the rest of your life. Dr. Millan will examine your teeth, gums, tongue, soft tissues, bite, throat, jaws and related structures to see if any oral problems are developing. Additionally, X-rays may be taken for an accurate evaluation. We also offer oral cancer exams to screen for any pre-cancerous and cancerous changes in your mouth.
Fluoride is effective in preventing tooth decay as it helps make the teeth more resistant to the build-up of decay-causing plaque. It can also speed re-mineralization as well as disrupt acid erosion. Additionally, fluoride treatments have a wide range of application, as they can be applied via a gel, foam, or even a varnish. This is especially helpful because fluoride treatments can be applied to patients of all ages, whether they be children, teens, or high-risk adult patients!
Regardless of the treatment, prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.
If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions about preventive dental treatments, please contact our Hatboro dental practice today!