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Preventative Dentistry

We have all heard the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. These words of wisdom are never more true than when they are applied to Dental Care. What is preventive dentistry? Preventive dentistry can be separated into two broad categories: examination to diagnose dental disease, and procedures performed to maintain teeth and minimize risk of disease.
Examination
  • Good complete exams by your dentist Dr James Blake with proper use of dental x-rays to     disclose problems at the earliest possible state when they are easiest and most affordable to treat.
  • At times, Dr Blake may use Laser Carries detection to aid in determining whether decay exists on the biting surface   of the back teeth. 
  • Routine periodontal probing of your gums to monitor or detect periodontal disease that can  threaten the longevity of your teeth. Sadly, periodontal disease (gum disease) is the most common reason why adults in our society will loose their teeth. Yet it is detectable and it is typically entirely preventable.
  • Examining for the presence of wisdom teeth which may need to be removed in order to avoid possible trouble with infection, cysts or growths around these teeth, and pain and crowding of the teeth. Proper timing of wisdom tooth extraction in a young adults life is one of the most important factors in minimizing potential for discomfort or other undesirable results of impacted wisdom teeth and their extraction. 
  • Examining your bite to determine if there are issues that may cause health issues, functional or esthetic issues. Proper and timely orthodontic intervention can often help encourage a lifetime of good dental health. Replacement of missing back teeth not only aids proper chewing function but also supports your occlusion to lessen strain on the jaw joint (TMJ).
 
Preventive dental procedures
  • Hamburg Dentist | Preventative DentistryProper daily homecare should include brushing your teeth at least in the morning and most importantly before retiring to bed, and daily use of dental floss to clean those “between the teeth areas” that brushing alone will not address. This is perhaps the most important thing patients can do for themselves in order to insure good dental health. Our Registered Dental Hygienists will be happy to show you exactly how to floss your teeth.
  • Regular visits for dental cleaning are important for proper maintainence of teeth. These visits will remove the harder deposits of calculus or “tartar” that tend to form on teeth and can trap dental plaque and bacteria against teeth and gums where they can do the most damage.
  • Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating used to protect permanent teeth. They may be applied to the biting surfaces of permanent back molars in developing children so as to minimize the ability of dental plaque causing decay in those hard to clean deep grooves. They can even be applied in adults who have a higher incidence of dental decay.
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  • Hamburg Dentist | FlourideIn office application of fluoride to teeth after they are professionally cleaned is very helpful in discouraging dental decay. In addition, sometimes prescription fluoride can be applied by patients themselves at home when situations occur that place them at risk of dental decay. This might include individuals undergoing orthodontic treatment (where braces make proper brushing more challenging), or adults who take medications or have conditions that cause dryness of the mouth… a condition that greatly elevates risk of tooth decay.