Preventive Dental Services
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.
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 collapsing as you sleep, making breathing easier for people with sleep apnea. An off-the-rack mouthguard will never provide as much protection as a custom mouthguard fitted by a Westchester dentist.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Our Westchester dentists can detect up to 75% of oral cancers during an exam. Our clinicians spend time checking 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 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 avoid radiation, chemotherapy, and months of recovery.
Besides affecting your self-esteem, crooked teeth can 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 crucial to preventive dental care.
You can’t take great care of your teeth without knowing how! Education is a pillar of proper preventive care at our Westchester dental practice. During your visit, we will discuss your daily habits, including your brushing, flossing, and rinsing routine. We can also talk with you about harmful lifestyle behaviors affecting your smile. That way, you can make changes today to improve your teeth tomorrow. If you want a full smile makeover, our dentists can also discuss treatment planning and preparation with you.
Dental sealants are non-toxic plastic coatings we paint on the teeth. They create a barrier between the surface of your teeth and dental bacteria. Dental sealants are 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. In the past, these were used mostly for children, but more adults get them now, too.
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 to look for uncommon problems. Accurate imaging is essential for identifying and addressing decay, which can help you to protect your overall health.
Schedule an Appointment
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, call our office today at (914) 725-7100.