Preventive Dentistry Can Combat Decay and Gum Disease to Help Ensure Lifelong Oral Health
Preventive dentistry is essential to maintain a healthy and attractive smile. At Lake View Dental Associates in Chicago, IL, Dr. Scott A. Emalfarb offers a wide range of preventive treatments. Regular cleanings and exams are among the most important things you can do to safeguard your oral health. Dr. Emalfarb uses advanced technology to perform accurate exams that can aid in early diagnoses. At each visit, he and his team can also provide guidelines for improved oral care at home. Our comprehensive treatments can help prevent a wide range of problems, including decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. For optimal dental health, we usually recommend two visits a year. In some cases, however, you may benefit from additional appointments.
The Importance of Preventive Dentistry
Preventive dentistry is designed to eliminate oral bacteria, which is the source of various oral health conditions. Sugars in food you eat are the main source of energy for bacteria. This bacteria can produce acids that erode your dental enamel. As this protective layer of your teeth wears away, your risk for cavities can increase. Regularly cleaning your teeth can preclude cavities, dental infection, and any accompanying discomfort.
Although our primary goal is to prevent oral health complications, our second objective is to make any necessary treatment as efficient and comfortable as possible.
Along with dental damage, oral bacteria can also cause periodontal disease. This condition develops when microbes build up in your soft tissues and create pockets around your tooth roots. Because it can cause pronounced tissue erosion, gum disease is also the leading cause of tooth loss. Therefore, at every routine visit, Dr. Emalfarb will check your gums, looking for inflammation and other early symptoms of the chronic condition.
Preventive Care at Home
A good at-home oral hygiene routine is the first line of defense against erosion, decay, and gum disease. To protect your smile, you should brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day. Gentle, circular brushstrokes will thoroughly clean your teeth without damaging your enamel. You should also floss at least once daily, using soft, gliding motions. Your diet also plays a key role in your oral health since bacteria thrives off of the sugars in your food and drinks. To keep bacteria from accumulating, you should avoid excess sugar and choose protein, whole grains, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Protein and vitamin-rich foods can also help strengthen your dental enamel. Additionally, you should limit your intake of acidic foods since they can accelerate the process of tooth erosion.
In addition to twice yearly professional cleanings and exams, a good at-home oral hygiene routine is essential to maintaining proper oral health.
Routine Preventive Dental Visits
Although good dental care at home is important, you cannot completely protect your smile on your own. Some bacteria will remain in your mouth, and they could eventually harden into plaque and tartar, substances that only a dentist can remove. To counteract this process, you should visit our office at least twice per year for a cleaning and exam. If you have frequent decay or a history of gum disease, three to four visits a year will be more appropriate.
At each visit, your hygienist will gently remove the harmful substances from your teeth before polishing them to give them a beautiful sparkle. Then Dr. Emalfarb will conduct an exam, looking at your teeth, soft tissues, bite alignment, and the position of your neck, checking for cavities, periodontitis, orthodontic issues, and TMJ disorder. He utilizes an array of advanced technology, such as the DEXIS® intraoral camera and laser cavity detection. As a result, Dr. Emalfarb can diagnose a number of dental problems early on while they are still easy to treat. Although our primary goal is to prevent oral health complications, our second objective is to make any necessary treatment as efficient and comfortable as possible.
Contact Us to Book Your Appointment
To learn more about the significance of preventive dentistry and to schedule your first visit, contact our office online today. You can also call Lake View Dental Associates at (773) 472-6322 to speak to a member of our team.