What is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is the most common area of dentistry and one of the most important. Preventive dentistry helps keep your teeth healthy to avoid cavities, enamel wear, gum disease, tooth loss, and much more. At Elevated Smiles, we recommend preventive dentistry for everyone, including children. We want to see your children as soon as their first tooth erupts. With the right at-home practice and consistent in-office dental cleanings and exams, you can avoid a multitude of dental problems down the line.
Why is Preventive Dentistry Important?
Preventive dentistry is important for several reasons, the first being, it protects your oral health. When you protect your oral health, you can avoid cavities, gum disease, tooth damage, and several other problems. Although we can treat any dental problems you encounter, they usually have an impact on your tooth’s strength and cost a lot. You may even lose a tooth if a tooth becomes so badly damaged or infected that it can’t be saved. If you suffer from gum disease, it can even impact the health of your entire body by increasing your risk of heart problems.
If you want to save yourself from expensive treatments, painful symptoms, a decline in overall health, and potential tooth loss, you will take preventive dentistry seriously.
Preventive Dentistry Treatments in Carlsbad
At Elevated Smiles, we proudly offer all of the preventive dentistry treatments you need to maintain optimal oral health at all ages of life.
Dental Cleanings and Exams – We recommend patients visit us twice a year for dental cleanings and exams. During this time we look for problems and provide you with the necessary preventive dentistry treatments such as dental cleanings to keep your mouth healthy.
Dental Sealants – Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating painted over the molars in the back of the mouth. Their purpose is to prevent small particles and plaque from getting lost in the grooves of teeth that may potentially cause tooth decay.
Fluoride – Patients of all ages can benefit from a fluoride treatment. Fluoride helps protect your teeth from oral bacteria, reverse the signs of tooth decay, rebuild the enamel, and ultimately protect the teeth.
Digital X-Rays – Unfortunately our Carlsbad dentists can’t identify every dental problem with their eyes. Digital x-rays allow us to find problems early on.
Salivary Testing – We offer salivary testing for patients wanting to understand the bacteria, pH, and their risk of periodontal disease. Knowing this information can help you take additional steps to protect your teeth.
Nightguards and Mouthguards – If you’re prone to grinding or clenching your teeth at night, we can provide you with a nightguard to protect your teeth from wear. We recommend mouthguards to patients who participate in sports that may harm their teeth. Wearing a mouthguard can save you from losing or damaging teeth.
Schedule a Dental Exam in Carlsbad
Are you overdue for a dental cleaning or have a dental problem you would like to address? If so, contact Elevated Smiles in Carlsbad to schedule your next preventive dentistry appointment. Maintaining good oral health is beneficial to your smile and overall health. Call us at (760) 622-3010 to schedule an appointment.