A preventative program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventative treatments that help protect the teeth. Prevention helps avoid seriously and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.
Periodontal disease or simply gum disease is the single most common cause of tooth loss in adults.
Because gum disease is often painless and requires specific examination procedures to detect it, a patient may unknowingly have it for years. Unless it is in an advanced stage, gum disease cannot be detected with just a visual oral examination. Dr. Konz performs a special examination that measures the pockets (the space between tooth and gum) with a periodontal probe to discover early-stage gum disease. Other signs of gum disease include bleeding gums, redness of gum tissue, gum swelling around teeth, bad breath, receding gums, and loose teeth.
Gum disease is caused by plaque, a film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. In order to remove the bacteria and slow the progression of gum disease, individualized treatment may include more frequent professional cleanings or scaling and root planning (also known as “deep cleanings”). The type of treatment required depends on how far the gum disease has progressed.
The pits and grooves on the biting surfaces of your teeth are prime areas for opportunistic tooth decay. Since brushing and flossing can’t reach these areas, sealants are critical in protecting these surfaces from food particles and harmful plaque.
Sealants are a simple procedure in which a thin, tooth-colored “coating” is painted onto the biting surfaces of the teeth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves acting as a barrier, and protecting the enamel from plaque, and acids which cause tooth decay.
Both children and adults can greatly benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay. Patients often tell us how easy the procedure is because it only takes a few minutes to seal each tooth and no anesthetic is required!
Tooth decay, otherwise known as cavities, can be a significant problem for children as well as adults. There are numerous factors that lead to tooth decay and there are ways to prevent it. We offer fluoride treatments to help prevent tooth decay, which keeps your mouth healthy and happy!
Most people grind and clench their teeth from time to time (medically called bruxism). Occasional teeth grinding does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be severely damaged another complications can arise such as chipping, fracturing, gum recession, jaw problems, and even tooth loss. If you suffer from bruxism, you should get fitted for a professional night guard. It will protect your teeth from further wear and tear and my help your jaw and facial muscles relax.
Sports Mouth Guard
Anyone who participates in a contact sport, carries a significant risk of injury, and should wear a custom-fitted mouth guard. Sports like football, soccer, hockey, basketball, baseball, and volleyball all pose risks to your gum tissues, as well as your teeth. We usually think of football and hockey as the most dangerous to the teeth, but nearly half of sports-related mouth injuries occur in basketball and baseball.
A mouth guard is a covering worn over the teeth and prescribed to protect teeth from injury during sports. Mouth guards can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. Mouth guards also help you avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss!
Unlike most store-bought mouth protectors, a custom-fitted mouth guard will bring you greater comfort, better protection, and will make it easy for you to talk and breathe.
Thanks to the advances in modern dentistry,
preventative treatments can make a difference
in making your smile shine!