When it comes to your oral health, one of the smartest things you can do for your teeth is to visit our dentist office for the best preventative dental care methods. If you do not begin taking care of your teeth now, you may suffer from oral health issues and end up costing yourself more money paying for restorative dentistry work. While we complete any restorative dentistry work in a quality manner, there is no substitute for strong natural teeth that will work as perfectly as they do. When pursuing better oral health habits, you may have a few questions about preventative dental care.
What is preventative dental care?
Preventative dental care focuses on the importance of proper oral hygiene practiced every day. Daily brushing and flossing and using mouthwash will help you prevent tooth decay and a variety of other diseases and infections. The best form of preventative dentistry is to combine daily cleaning regimen with professional care from our dentist office. The American Dental Association recommends that people visit a dentist office at least twice a year for a thorough cleaning and professional checkup. This will allow us to keep a close eye on all of your teeth, to notify you at the first sign of decay, and to provide important preventative and restorative dentistry methods as necessary.
What preventative dentistry methods do you perform at your Costa Mesa dentist office?
Our preventative dentistry solutions focus on every age of tooth development from the first tooth that breaks the surface of your child’s gums. Begin establishing proper oral health habits at an early age— in most cases, no later than 12 months of age will be the best age to bring a child in for an appointment. We also encourage adults to keep up with bi-annual dentist appointments to our office. As you age, your teeth naturally become weaker due to constant use. Just because you were free of dental caries when you were young does not mean you will continue to not have problems.
Preventative Dentistry Solutions
Most people use fluoride toothpaste at home, but if we feel that more fluoride could be beneficial for you or your child’s teeth, we can provide you with fluoride treatments that will strengthen your teeth for years to come. We apply fluoride in our dentist office and recommend that youth have this done at least once per year.
We can provide sealants for the teeth of children to help protect your child’s teeth from decay.
We take X-Rays to see areas of your teeth that we can’t access with our dental tools. This will give us a deeper look into your teeth to determine if you have any early signs of decay.
During your appointment we use a variety of factors to determine what your risk of dental caries is. We will use your age, diet, dental habits, fluoride exposure, and a number of already filled or restored teeth to help us determine whether or not your chances of developing cavities are high.
- Caries Risk Assessment
In addition to these vital services, we also provide professional cleaning, brushing and flossing education, and mouth guards for the sports you are involved in. These are some of the main components of proper preventative dentistry with dentist. We can also provide you with restorative services like filling and crown applications as necessary.
Dr. Eric Vanek, d.d.s
Eric has been a practicing dental surgeon for over 20 years and is the owner of Vanek Dentistry, a family dental practice in Costa Mesa, CA.
Published March 1, 2017. Updated August 17, 2021