The best way to take care of your teeth is with preventative dentistry. It can improve the appearance of your teeth and prevent major problems from developing. With preventative dentistry, you’re merging consistent at home oral care with regular dental checkups. Dr. Abaian and Dr. Hanookai of Gage Dental Care in Bell offer a variety of preventative dental care measures to help you protect and keep your natural teeth.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Preventing cavities from forming is the best way to manage tooth decay. When a tooth suffers from decay and develops a cavity, the effects on the tooth are often permanent. Prevent cavities from forming by brushing your teeth at least twice a day or after every meal. Also, be sure to floss daily and visit your dentist for regular checkups twice a year.
Fluoride makes teeth stronger, and this prevents decay from developing on teeth. These treatments are available at Gage Dental Care. We also recommend using fluoride enhanced toothpaste as well as mouthwash at home. The inclusion of fluoride in the public water system is good for your teeth, so instead of drinking bottled water, consider drinking it from the tap periodically.
Dental sealants provide an added layer of protection. The product is applied to the teeth at the dentist’s office, and it creates a seal that prevents bacteria from getting to the molars. Before applying a sealant, the teeth are cleaned thoroughly and lined with an etching substance. We recommend this treatment for children who are from 6 years old to 12 years old. Dental sealants can protect your child’s teeth for as long as 10 years.
Dental Cleaning and Screenings
The easiest way to take advantage of preventative care is to visit your dentist regularly for screenings and dental cleanings. A professional cleaning will maintain your teeth. It will also remove the stains and plaque that you are unable to eliminate yourself at home. During this appointment, your dentist will check for early signs of tooth decay to stop it before it causes harm.
X-rays are another preventative measure used by dental offices. Once a year, your dentist will X-ray your teeth to look for interior signs of problems. He or she will be able to spot a cavity on an X-ray before it becomes visible to the naked eye. Your dentist can also detect cavities that develop between teeth and under your gums by taking an X-ray.
Eating for Better Dental Health
By eating a well-balanced diet that is low in carbohydrates and sugar, you’ll support the health of your teeth. Sugar and carbohydrates nourish the type of bacteria that causes dental plaque. Also, make sure that you have plenty of calcium in your diet.
Benefiting from Preventative Care
Your oral hygiene can impact your overall health, so with preventative dental care, you’ll support your body’s general wellbeing. When it comes to your children, poor dental care can affect their development and growth. At Gage Dental Care in 90201, Dr. Abaian and Dr. Hanookai provide preventative treatments to maintain the oral health of you and your family.