What Exactly is Preventive Dentistry?
There are many different categories within the realm of dental treatment. In our opinion, the most important category is PREVENTIVE dentistry.
At Timberlake Dental, we are committed to practicing conservative and preventive dentistry. We believe those two go hand in hand. In order to be as conservative as possible, we need to help each and every patient prevent dental problems. Big dental problems require extensive dental treatment. By being preventive, we either intercept developing dental problems early or completely prevent them from happening!
Why is Preventive Dentistry So Important?
Ever heard that saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? When you spend a little money on preventive dentistry, you are saving a lot of money by preventing the need for future dental work.
Just as maintenance for your car is less expensive than repair work, preventive dentistry is always less expensive than restorative (or repair) dentistry.
It Keeps You Out of the Dental Chair!
We know . . . no matter how much you like us, you still do not want to be in the dental chair having a problem repaired. When you have fewer dental problems because you have been preventive, you need less dental work. This means you get to spend less and less time in the dental chair.
Of course, we cannot prevent every possible dental problem. Things like congenital problems and injuries do happen and are not preventable. Because there are some things we cannot prevent, we should make every effort to prevent the things that we can!
It is the Only Option for a Completely Healthy Mouth!
Yes, it is great to save money. And of course, no one wants to spend more time in the dental chair. But the greatest advantage of preventive dentistry is the fact that it keeps your mouth healthy!
Good health is priceless. There is nothing better than having a mouth free of cavities, cracks and gum disease. It looks beautiful, it does its job well, and it promotes a long healthy life.
What Dental Procedures Fall into the Category of Preventive Dentistry?
Professional Teeth Cleanings
You can prevent gum disease by sticking to a consistent schedule of professional teeth cleanings with our awesome hygienists. Gum disease occurs when plaque (the soft, sticky stuff made of bacteria and food debris) stays on the teeth for too long. Plaque acts like a toxin, and your gums and supporting jaw bone do not like it! Plaque quickly hardens into tartar (also called calculus), which is also a toxin.
When plaque and tartar remain on the teeth for a long period of time, your body produces an inflammatory reaction. This inflammation destroys the jawbone, which undermines the foundation of your teeth! Without any intervention, gum disease gets worse and worse.
By staying on track with consistent professional teeth cleanings, you prevent this process from progressing. The schedule of consistent teeth cleanings can be different for people with different circumstances. Some patients need to have their teeth cleaned every three months. Others do well and fight gum disease by seeing our dental hygienists every six months. What is important is knowing which schedule is best at preventing gum disease for YOU!
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens enamel and fights cavities. Fluoride is in most toothpastes and many mouth rinses. In our office, we offer a professional fluoride treatment. A high strength concentration sticks to the teeth and packs a punch to boost the strength of your teeth!
Fluoride treatments are wonderful preventive tools for patients with a high risk for getting new cavities, people with sensitive teeth, and patients who have a hard time keeping their teeth clean (small children, the elderly, or those with physical and mental challenges).
Sealants are not just for kids! Many people assume so because dental insurance often pays for sealants in children but not in adults. Everyone can benefit from sealants. Ask around the next time you are in our office. You will find that most of us (all adults!) have sealants on our teeth.
Sealants form a protective coating over the biting surface of the back teeth where deep pits and grooves are high risk sites for cavities. Sealants make the treated surface easier to clean, with less food being stuck in the grooves. A $60 sealant can prevent the future need for a $250 filling!
We see cracked teeth every single day. So many people are damaging their teeth with nighttime clenching or grinding. This leads to expensive dental work like crowns and even root canals.
By wearing a custom-fit nightguard while you sleep, you can prevent cracks and fractures on the teeth. This is invaluable! Cracked teeth are difficult for your dentist to diagnose, and treatment is often unpredictable. Prevent them!
Are You Interested in Preventing Dental Problems?
Call our office today at 940-382-1750 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chowning. He will assess your specific risk areas and give you recommendations for preventive dental options. Our goal is to keep your mouth as healthy as possible!