Dental health problems can affect more than your smile. More research studies connect gingivitis and early childhood tooth decay to serious, ongoing health problems. People everywhere should focus on preventive dentistry. We dedicate ourselves to the science of preventing dental health problems before they ever occur.
Preventive dental care has a wide range of powerful benefits, including saving you a large amount of time, energy, and money. In fact, American adults miss a staggering 164 million work hours each year due to dental issues. Kids miss around 51 million school hours because of dental problems. Besides affecting your workday or your child’s education, dental problems cause other issues. It can also make it hard to sleep, concentrate, and smile confidently—which can significantly impact your life.
To ward off these kinds of problems, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a dental exam every 6 months. They also recommend using a fluoride toothpaste, and drinking fluoridated water in areas where it is available. Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale also believes in the power of preventing dental problems by offering superior dental care early on.
Dental decay and periodontal disease occur when plaque and tartar accumulate on the teeth. They harbor bacteria that can inflame the gum tissue, erode dental enamel, and cause infections. Preventive dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup. Getting rid of plaque and tartar will keep your teeth white, healthy, and beautiful.
Tooth loss can create all kinds of problems, including teeth that spread, bone loss, and even losing more teeth. To prevent these kinds of issues, you can opt for dental implants. Dental implants are artificial teeth that anchor into your natural jawbone tissue. It recreates much-needed stimulation that keeps the bone cells healthy and strong.
Fluoride strengthens dental enamel and reduces bacteria’s ability to create acid, protecting your teeth. In-office fluoride treatments help to infuse your teeth with it to prevent cavities.
Nighttime teeth grinding and sports injuries can leave you with serious dental problems, which is why we may recommend mouthguards. Mouthguards can also keep the soft tissues of your throat from relaxing as you sleep, making breathing easier for people with sleep apnea.
Our Westchester dentists can detect up to 75% of oral cancers during an exam. Our clinicians spend time to check your oral tissues during your regular dental checkup. This early detection is key, since localized oral cancer has an 82.7% five-year survival rate. By making a scheduling a simple checkup and screening, you might be able to prevent an ongoing cancer battle. Early cancer screenings can also lower the scope of your treatment. For example, discovering a small patch of oral cancer might mean a simple in-office procedure. That way, you may be able to avoid radiation, chemotherapy, and months of recovery.
Besides affecting your self-esteem, crooked teeth can also contribute to neck pain, jaw discomfort, and periodontal disease. Teeth that aren’t aligned are more difficult to brush and floss, and may be more likely to accumulate food debris. For these reasons, orthodontic care is a crucial element of preventive dental care. Do you want o learn more about straightening your teeth? Request an appointment with Dr. Frank Celenza, our Westchester orthodontist.
You can’t take great care of your teeth without knowing how! At our Westchester dental practice, education is a pillar of proper preventive care. During your visit, we will talk with you about your daily habits, including your brushing, flossing, and rinsing routine. We can also talk with you about harmful lifestyle behaviors that might be affecting your smile. That way, you can make changes today to improve your teeth tomorrow. If you want a full smile makeover, our clinicians can also talk with you about treatment planning and preparation. Together, we can prevent dental-related hurdles before they happen.
Dental sealants are non-toxic plastic coatings we paint on the teeth. It creates a barrier between the surface of your teeth and dental bacteria. Dental sealants are very effective and last for years, keeping tooth decay and discoloration at bay. Some dental sealants are even infused with fluoride. It can help you to strengthen underlying enamel while you prevent decay.
Regular X-rays are essential to spot hidden decay, fractures, and dental cracks that can contribute to serious dental problems. During your preventive exam we get bitewing x-rays. Sometimes our clinicians may also request panoramic x-rays or even special scans if you have deeper problems. Accurate imaging is essential for identifying and addressing decay, which can help you to protect your overall health.
There is a reason that Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale has a reputation for some of the best dentists in Westchester. As a team of specialists who understand the intricacies of your smile, they can work together to keep your smile strong, healthy, and beautiful. To schedule your next preventive care appointment, give our office a call today.