Preventive Dentistry in Shawnee KS
Good oral health enhances our ability to speak, smile, eat, and show our emotions through facial expressions. Preventive oral habits, such as regular dental care and good oral hygiene, developed early in life can lead to better overall health throughout a person’s life.
Preventive Dentistry keeps teeth clean at any age. It is the oral care that involves education, treatment and practice of maintaining your teeth and gums. From daily brushing to annual dental cleanings, these tasks are designed to avoid gum disease, cavities, and enamel wear, which often lead to sensitivity.
Oral health starts with you. Brushing and flossing after each meal or at least twice a day can protect you from tooth decay and gum disease caused by plaque. Because plaque starts forming on your teeth right after eating, the longer you wait to brush and floss, the harder it is to remove. Flossing is the best way to prevent plaque from forming between your teeth and below your gum line, where decay often begins.
Without proper brushing and flossing, you can develop bleeding gums and eventually gingivitis. Gingivitis can eventually worsen to gum disease. Did you know that disease of the mouth can affect the rest of your body? That why it’s especially important to maintain good oral health through daily dental hygiene practices. When those practices aren’t enough there are other procedures we offer that can help.
PREVENTIVE DENTAL CLEANINGS
A Preventive Dental Cleaning is a profession cleaning and polishing of your teeth, accompanied by an examination that looks to see if there are any issues with your teeth. There are many benefits to this cleaning and they include:
Early Detection - With regular cleanings Dr. Kapoor will be able to see if there have been any changes to your teeth. Those include dark or soft spots that can hint to tooth decay or puffiness or bleeding that could hint to a gum infection.
Fresh Breath - Bad breath (or Halitosis) can be a sign of periodontal disease. Food particles can get stuck and start to rot below the gum line. That combined with the smell that gum infection brings can quickly lead to bad breath. Regular cleaning can help eliminate some of those causes.
Plaque Removal - Plaque and tartar buildup can occur both above and below the gum line and can lead to serious periodontal problems over time. Our hygienists are trained to find plaque buildup in every corner of your mouth and eliminate it.
A happier, healthier smile - Professional cleanings can lighten your teeth if you have any surface staining which will result in whiter, brighter smile. The healthier smile can also lead to more daily confidence.
Preventive Dental Cleanings are performed in our dental office. It should be an appointment that is regularly scheduled every 6 months. Patients that have gum disease should schedule more thorough dental cleaning every 3-4 months to help slow the progression of gum disease.
Sealants are a quick, in-office procedure that can significantly reduce your chances of tooth decay.
How Sealants Work
Sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. This is especially important for a child’s dental health because without sealants they have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.
Think of them as a raincoat for your teeth. When the cavity-causing bacteria that live in everyone’s mouth meet leftover food particles, they produce acids that can create holes in teeth. These holes are cavities. After a sealant has been applied it keeps those bits of food out and stops bacteria and acid from settling on your teeth- just like a raincoat keep you clean and dry during a storm. Sealants are made of a tooth colored acrylic coating that is painted on to each tooth and hardened. Both children and adults can benefit from the protection that dental sealants provide.
Benefits of Sealants
Sealants prevent decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth.
Sealants protect the grooves and crevices in your teeth from food particles and plaque that start the decay process.
Sealants are easy to apply, are invisible, and you can’t feel that they are there.
Sealants hold up well under the pressure of chewing and last for several years.
Sealants can be reapplied as needed over the years, on both baby and adult teeth.
Daily brushing and flossing can help prevent periodontal disease. However, once present, periodontal disease cannot be eliminated. Periodontal therapy can slow down or even stop the progression of the disease. Treatments can include scaling, root planing, and antibiotic therapies.
Periodontal therapy is performed in our office. The plaque on your teeth will be carefully removed from below the gum-line, and the gums are stimulated to encourage health and vitality. This scaling and root planing procedure is meant to take place over the course of several visits. After the initial series of visits, a patient will visit our office every 3-4 months for more periodontal therapy.
When the the antibiotic treatment is necessary it is placed directly in the gum pockets around the teeth below the gum-line. This is done directly after the scaling and root planing procedures. The medication will keep working for up to 30 days and will fight bacter for weeks after you leave our office. The effects of this treatment can actually last up to 90 day and is recommended to be reapplied every 3 months and will keep periodontal disease from progressing.
At Monticello Family Dental we care about preventive dentistry and know that it is important for you and your family as well. We will help you every step of the way to preventing the start of gum disease and keeping it from progressing if it’s something you already have. Whether it is help with the right technique to care for your teeth at home or needing a dental sealant, Dr. Kapoor
and her staff care about your experience with us and know you will have a good one. Contact us to schedule an appointment
. We look forward to hearing from you soon!