Types of Preventive Dental Care

May 3, 2021 Lakeshore Dentistry

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Preventive dental care can help you save your smile and your wallet in the long run. That’s because we’re able to detect small oral health issues before they have the chance to worsen. This saves you the pain, inconvenience, and money of a dental emergency.

Here’s what you need to know about the different types of preventive dental care available to you and your family.

Teeth Cleanings & Exams

In general, we recommend that you get a teeth cleaning at least every 6 months. Although, we may recommend more frequent appointments if we need to monitor an oral health condition, such as periodontitis.

During your appointment, we’ll remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. We may also take X-rays if it’s been a while since your last ones.

X-rays allows us to detect many issues, such as:

  • Small areas of decay between teeth
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Bone loss in the jaw
  • Changes in the root canals
  • Dental abscesses

Dental X-rays allow us to look beneath the surface and get a full picture of your oral health.

Related: Are Teeth Cleanings Safe During Pregnancy?

Oral Cancer Screenings

The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 54,010 new cases of oral cancer in 2021. The good news is that your dentist can detect oral cancer in its early stages to give you the best chance of survival.

Risk factors of oral cancer include:

  • Tobacco use
  • Overconsumption of alcohol
  • Spending a lot of time outside and not using sun protection on the lips
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Family history of cancer

To learn more, be sure to check out our blog post on how to reduce your risk of oral cancer.

Gum Disease Treatments

You can reverse gingivitis by practicing good oral hygiene at home. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily. You should also continue seeing your dentist for preventive care.

Once gingivitis develops into periodontitis, you won’t be able to reverse the condition. But we can help mitigate your symptoms through a procedure called scaling and root planing.

During this procedure, we remove any plaque that collects in the deep gingival pockets around your teeth. We then smooth out the surface of the tooth roots to help encourage receding gums to reattach.

Dental Sealants

Are you prone to getting cavities? If so, our dentists may recommend that you get dental sealants.

A sealant is a clear plastic coating that we can paint onto the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. This seals any small grooves or divots where plaque can accumulate and harden into tartar.

While this reduces your risk of cavities, you’ll still need to continue brushing and flossing your teeth at home.

Patients of all ages can get sealants. But your insurance may not cover the procedure if you’re an adult. This is why we encourage you to check out the coverage details of your dental insurance policy.

Learn More About Preventive Dental Care

Our family dentists in Holland, MI, would be more than happy to help you maintain a healthy smile for life. They’ll also be able to answer any questions you may have about preventive dental care.

To schedule an appointment, please call the Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center at (616) 399-3946. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our office will reach out to you soon.