Preventative Dental Care
Prevention is often the best course of treatment. Taking care of your teeth not only leads to better oral health, but it can also help keep the rest of your body healthy as well. Studies have shown that the health of your teeth and gums can also affect the health of your heart. Buckhead Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offers a wide range of preventative dental care services to our patients.
It is recommended that you come to our dental office twice per year for a routine dental exam. These exams help your dentist monitor any changes in your oral health, and they make it easier to take care of problems before they start.
Depending on your insurance and treatment method, we may take a variety of dental X-rays to help us determine the current state of your teeth and jaw, and identify the best course of treatment for your individual mouth. This preventative service helps the dentist find decay or issues that aren’t visible without those imaging tools.
During your routine appointment we can also perform an oral cancer screening. Early detection is key to getting treatment started right away, before it gets worse. Many people don’t realize that this is part of the preventative services offered by most dentists.
As part of your bi-annual dental exam, our dental hygienists will perform a dental cleaning before you see the dentist. A professional cleaning does things that a cleaning at your home simply cannot do. In particular, when you get a professional cleaning as part of your preventative services, the plaque gets removed. Plaque is impossible to remove on your own, and if you don’t get it removed, it can lead to gum disease.
Generally, cleanings end with fluoride treatments. These treatments help protect your teeth from decay due to sugary treats and drinks. Combined with proper at-home dental hygiene, this treatment can help you avoid cavities.
Dental sealants protect the chewing surfaces of your teeth against plaque and bacteria. This preventive dentistry practice allows the dentist to place an invisible barrier over your teeth making it nearly impossible for bacteria and decay to affect the teeth, and sealants can last up to ten years.