What is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry describes treatments which prevent dental health issues from developing and reverse oral diseases in their early stages. These treatments allow patients to maintain as healthy a mouth as possible.
We use our mouths more than any other part of our bodies. At Legacy Dental in Moses Lake, WA, keeping your oral health in optimal condition is always our main goal. That’s why Dr. Briel Loiseau offers preventive dentistry services to patients who want to avoid oral diseases or treat them before they require more costly, invasive procedures.
Regular Dental Exams
Regular dental exams involve cleanings, X-rays, and a thorough evaluation to serve as an early detection measure for oral diseases. Attending dental exams at least twice a year will help Dr. Loiseau to prevent, diagnose, and treat oral diseases before they can develop or advance— all with minimal inconvenience for you.
Scaling and root planing, also called deep cleaning, becomes necessary when your gums are infected and tartar and plaque have penetrated below the gum line. These interventions help halt and reverse the progression of the early stage of gum disease. Deep cleanings help return your gums to a healthy state by removing the plaque and tartar, preventing the growth of more bacteria and allowing your body to fight the infection. After a deep cleaning, patients may need to visit Dr. Loiseau more frequently to maintain good oral health.
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can develop at any age. Many patients are unaware that they’re grinding their teeth because it often happens while they sleep. Symptoms of more severe teeth grinding include:
- Neck and jaw pain
- Worn tooth enamel
- Daytime sleepiness
- Frequent headaches, especially when you’re overly stressed
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms due to teeth grinding, Dr. Loiseau can prescribe custom nightguards to be worn during sleep. Besides protecting your teeth, a nightguard helps relieve some of the pressure on your delicate jaw joints.
There are nooks and crannies in our back teeth which can be difficult to reach with a toothbrush. This allows food particles and plaque to accumulate in those areas, generating bacteria and increasing your risk of infection and decay.
Sealants are thin, plastic coverings that are painted onto the grooves of your back teeth. They prevent food particles, plaque, and bacteria from accumulating in those spaces. Studies conducted by the CDC demonstrate that children receiving sealants prevented 80% of cavities for 2 years after application.
Sealants can last for years, require no anesthetic, and are totally undetectable. Everyone from children to full grown adults can benefit from dental sealants.
Frequently Asked Questions
Preventive dentistry doesn’t end in the dentists’ office, it requires that you take steps to keep your teeth healthy. No matter how many exams you attend, it’s imperative that you follow a proper oral hygiene regimen to maintain your oral health.
Proper oral hygiene includes:
- Brushing thoroughly, twice a day for at least two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Flossing at least once a day to remove plaque from areas your toothbrush can’t reach.
- Cleaning your tongue to prevent bad breath and helping to eliminate infectious bacteria.
- Replacing your toothbrush every three months, or sooner if the bristles begin to look worn out.
Without the input of a dentist, you could easily develop oral diseases that can’t be identified by untrained individuals. By the time you notice a problem, it may require expensive, invasive intervention such as root canals, dental implants, or tooth extractions. With regular dental exams, Dr. Loiseau will be better able to prevent, detect, and treat these problems in their early stages.
Insurance tends to prioritize preventive dentistry because it helps prevent the need for more costly procedures. There’s a good chance your insurance will cover preventive dentistry procedures. We highly recommend calling your insurance provider beforehand to see if they will cover some or all of the cost.
Preventive Dentistry: Essential To Lasting Oral Health
Your smile and your wallet will benefit when you receive preventive dentistry treatments from Legacy Dental. Not only will you be protecting your oral health against future problems, you’ll be preventing the need for more costly, invasive procedures.
To schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Loiseau, call our office in Moses Lake, WA by dialing (509) 765-1748 or fill out our online contact form by clicking the button below. The team at Legacy Dental want to give your mouth the best chance it has against oral disease and keep you smiling brilliantly for years to come.