By Oakwood Hills Family Dental
July 19, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

Preventative measures must be taken to protect your teeth before you're affected by a serious dental/oral disease. Your Oakwood Hills Family Dental dentists, Dr. Terrence Miskulin and Dr. Courtney Reich, in Eau Claire, WI, can tell you more about preventative measures and procedures to protect your health.

Types of Preventative Measures:

Dental Cleaning: A dental cleaning is a vital part of preventative care. Your Eau Claire dentists will first perform a physical exam to determine if there's an immediate problem, like extreme dental decay that may call for a root canal. If there's nothing to worry about, the dental hygienist will start the cleaning. They'll use a handheld instrument to remove plaque and tartar buildup, then they'll use a gritty-like toothpaste to shine your teeth. This preventative measure prevents serious issues like gingivitis and should be done every six months.

Fluoride Treatment: Fluoride is crucial in preventing tooth decay. It makes the tooth's enamel, the protective layer of the tooth, more resistant to decay. So, your dentist advises drinking fluoride-containing water; using fluoride-containing dental products, like toothpaste and mouthwash; and perhaps going to their office to have fluoride, in the form of a gel or foam, applied on teeth.

Sealants: The dentist will clean and dry teeth then apply an acidic gel that roughs up your tooth surface. This will create a strong bond between the tooth and sealant. After a few seconds, your dentist rinses off the gel, dries your teeth again and then applies the sealant onto dental grooves and harden the sealant using a special blue light.

Other Preventative Care Tips:

Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once at the very least. Good oral regimen is vital when it comes to protecting your teeth and overall oral health.

If you have questions about preventative procedures and any other tips, be sure to contact your Eau Claire, WI, dentists today!