Preventative Care at Tanty Family Dentistry

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should have a dental checkup twice a year. Most dental issues can be prevented with a combination of routine checkups, brushing and flossing, and eating healthy food. At Tanty Family Dental, we make sure your teeth and gums stay in good condition with cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry. If we find something, we'll provide you with a plan for the best course of treatment. 

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Routine Checkups Improve Dental Health

Scheduling a regular visit with Tanty Family Dental, even if you don't have a problem, is key to maintaining good oral health and having a great smile. Having checkups and cleanings every six months will improve not just your oral health but your overall health as well. During each visit, we will clean your teeth and check for cavities. Your dentist may also recommend that you get x-rays taken to further examine your teeth and gums for potential disease or decay. Fluoride treatments may also be included in your regular checkup if requested. With a team of caring, competent individuals on hand, we'll ensure your preventative dentistry visits go smoothly and comfortably every time.

Adult dental cleanings

As you get older, it becomes more difficult to maintain dental health. Fillings that were placed years ago may start to break down, some prescription medications can cause dry mouth which makes teeth more prone to decay. At Tanty Family Dental we understand it can be frustrating to experience more frequent dental issues as you age. We take pride in offering preventative teeth cleanings to get ahead of and help prevent dental emergencies. When you visit for a routine cleaning, comfort is always our first priority, you'll receive no judgment, and you'll walk away with an overall understanding of your current dental health and home care tips to maintain your oral health between checkups.

Pediatric dental cleanings

Setting a healthy standard for dental care is the first step in ensuring your child maintains the best oral health possible. Parents often ask when they should schedule their child's first dental visit. Typically, your child should begin to visit the dentist around two years of age to establish routine and familiarity with the dental chair. It is important to avoid any fear-inducing commentary prior to the visit so your child is most comfortable during the visit and willing to participate in their own healthcare. Building a positive dental routine at a young age is crucial for maintaining oral health over a lifetime and it starts with regular dental cleanings at our comfortable dental clinic. Both children and adults can benefit from modern dental techniques that make any dental procedure more comfortable.

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What Routine Dental Exams Detect

Oral health exams are recommended every 6-12 months to assess the overall oral health of an individual. Most conditions are preventable, especially if they’re detected and treated in their early stages. Some of the most common diseases that impact oral health include cavities (tooth decay), gum disease (periodontitis) and oral cancer.

Gum disease (periodontitis)

Severe cases of periodontitis have been estimated to affect 14% of the adult population worldwide. That's more than 1 billion people! Gum disease occurs from infection and inflammation of the gums and bones that support the teeth. If you have chronic conditions such as diabetes, a weakened immune system, or poor oral hygiene, you may be at an increased risk for periodontal disease. Your bones could deteriorate and gums can become infected if left untreated.

During your routine dental examination, your general dentist will examine your gums and note any signs of inflammation. With a tiny ruler, they will check and measure for pockets around the teeth. You may also need x-rays to determine if there is bone loss.

Tooth decay (Dental caries)

Cavities are one of the most common chronic diseases affecting oral health with more than 90% of adults experiencing at least one in their lifetime. They are caused by a breakdown of tooth enamel from plaque that collects on teeth. If untreated, tooth decay can lead to abscesses under the gums which can spread to other parts of the body causing fatalities.

Your dentist will examine your teeth for discoloration, holes or damage to your enamel. They will also look for the three types of cavities: smooth surface, pit and fissure or root. If your dentist takes x-rays during your exam, they will be able to see the nerve inside the tooth pulp. If you have dark areas on your teeth, you may have a cavity.

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Preventative Dentistry FAQs

What is the main goal of preventative dentistry?

Preventative dentistry is composed of treatments that help keep your mouth healthy. The goal of taking preventative measures is for patients to keep their natural teeth in good condition so they don't decay or deteriorate over time. With good oral health and hygiene habits and routine cleanings/exams, you'll be able to keep your natural teeth for a long time.

What are 3 examples of preventative care for your teeth?

The 3 best things you can do to prevent future tooth loss or gum disease are brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist for regular checkups.

Why is preventative dentistry important?

Preventative dental care is important for protecting your overall oral health. Your dentist will monitor the condition of your teeth and gums to prevent gum disease or decay. You'll also save money by avoiding costly restorative procedures. One visit to your dentist could be all you need to catch a life-threatening disease. Don't wait to seek help before it's too late, contact Tanty Family Dental today.

When should preventative dentistry start?

Taking care of your teeth starts as soon as you get your first tooth and extends throughout the course of your life. Preventative dentistry for young children can identify problems early on in a child's life before they become bigger dental health issues.

What are the two most common dental diseases?

The two most common dental diseases are tooth decay (dental caries) and gum disease (periodontitis), affecting 3.5 billion people worldwide. These diseases can be prevented and treated in their early stages so you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.

Does dental insurance cover preventative care?

Dental insurance plans vary from person to person and from plan to plan. Some plans cover entire procedures, some partially and some not at all. Check with your dental provider to understand what services are covered under your plan. Typically, oral evaluations, teeth cleanings, fluoride treatments, and annual x-rays are covered by dental insurance.

How often should you have a dental check up?

The frequency of dental checkups usually depends on the person's unique mouth, hygiene, dental habits, and overall well-being, but most dentists recommend having a checkup every 6 months.