Oral hygiene is important. Brushing and flossing every day are essential habits that help you to prevent a myriad of oral health issues, including tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Taking care of your mouth at home, however, is only one part of the equation. To maintain optimal oral health and prevent serious issues from arising, professional dental care is needed. Jillian Prather Family Dentistry can help with preventative dentistry.
Cleanings and exams are integral in maintaining your oral health. The American Dental Association recommends that you have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined every six months, in addition to your regular brushing and flossing habits.
Dental cleanings are performed to help prevent the development of issues like gum disease and cavities. During your cleanings, all plaque, tartar, and bacterial buildup are removed from the surfaces of your teeth. Your teeth are also polished and flossed.
Exams are performed to detect oral health issues that might be present in your mouth. Many oral health issues do not exhibit symptoms in their earliest stages. We can detect them while they are still small and easily treatable. By detecting issues early, your treatments are less invasive, and we can prevent more serious consequences from occurring.
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Gum disease is an oral health issue that is caused by a buildup of plaque and bacteria on your teeth. These substances irritate your gum tissues. Irritation leads to inflammation or swelling. When the gums swell, they begin to pull away from your teeth, which causes pockets to form. Bacteria fall into these pockets, where they begin attacking the supporting structures of your teeth in addition to your gums. Advanced stages of gum disease can have a significant impact on your oral health as well as your overall health.
We can provide treatment for gum disease, alleviating the irritation and inflammation and allowing your gum tissues to begin healing and reattaching to your teeth. One of the most common treatments for gum disease is scaling and root planing. This is a deep cleaning of your teeth that involves cleaning all surfaces above and below the gum line. If the pockets are too deep to effectively clean, you may be recommended for pocket reduction surgery.
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Cavities are a common dental issue that affects the mouths of millions of people, children and adults alike. Sealants and fluoride are two preventative treatments designed to help reduce the risk of cavity development. They are designed to be used in conjunction with good oral hygiene practices.
Sealants are a quick, painless procedure designed to protect the chewing surfaces of your molars. These surfaces have deep grooves and crevices that can easily trap food particles and bacteria. They can also be difficult to effectively clean with a toothbrush. Sealants, which are made from plastic, cover over these deep crevices of your teeth, preventing food, bacteria, and other debris from getting stuck. They also help to make the molars easier to keep clean.
Fluoride treatments are a topical treatment. A fluoride gel is applied to the surfaces of your teeth and fluoride absorbs directly into your tooth enamel. It immediately goes to work helping to remineralize your teeth and make them more resistant to acid erosion, preventing decay and the eventual formation of cavities.
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In conjunction with brushing and flossing at home, professional dental care can help you to maintain your oral health and prevent serious complications from occurring. Call Jillian Prather Family Dentistry today at (918) 401-9933 to schedule your appointment.