Preventive dental treatments are essential for maintaining good dental health. It helps to stay away from dental diseases and keeps the teeth strong. Listed below are major dental treatments and services provided by the dentist.
A dental checkup is a preventive procedure given to patients during every routine checkup appointment. The checkup is meant to detect potential oral health problems before they become serious. The dentist or dental hygienist also suggests teeth cleaning during these appointments.
In-office teeth cleaning, also called prophylaxis, is essential for removing plaque and tartar buildups that can hide in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. The dental hygienist uses special instruments to scrape plaque from your teeth and then polish them to remove any surface stains.
Your dentist may recommend you have professional teeth cleaning every six months. However, if you have gum disease, you may need to have your teeth cleaned every three months to prevent it from getting worse.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that block bacteria from accumulating on the surfaces of teeth. They are particularly effective in preventing cavities on the chewing surfaces of children’s molars.
Dental sealants are often applied to adult molars but can also be used on any tooth prone to cavities or decay. It can protect teeth for several years, but should be checked regularly for chipping or wearing.
Fluoride treatments are another dental procedure that can protect your teeth from decay. It is a mineral that can strengthen your teeth by attracting the minerals found in enamel and it can also help repair the early stages of tooth decay.
Oral cancer screenings are an essential part of preventive dental care. Typically, oral cancer screenings are performed during routine dental checkups. During the process, the dentist will examine the mouth's soft tissues for suspicious spots or sores. If any suspicious spots are found, the dentist will biopsy the tissue for examination.
At the office, we strongly believe in the importance of preventive care in maintaining a healthy smile and body. We recommend patients come in for biannual dental cleanings and checkups every six months. Doing so helps our patients avoid many dental problems, including tooth decay and gum disease.
Schedule an appointment with Reading Pediatric Dentistry to learn more about preventive dental treatments. Visit us at 3895 W 7800 S #203, West Jordan, UT 84088. Contact us at (801) 282-6901 or visit our website to book an appointment with us.