Our Preventive Dentistry Services:
Dental Cleanings & Exams
The Importance of Preventive Care
With excellent oral hygiene, you can greatly reduce your risk of getting cavities, periodontal disease, and other oral health problems. Preventive care also helps you avoid secondary problems that affect your overall health. Systematic health issues like diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, cancer, and even alzheimers have all been linked to poor oral health.
Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by the harmful bacteria in your mouth. Without preventative efforts, these bacteria begin to form a thin biofilm, known as plaque, on the surfaces of your teeth. Eventually, the plaque will calcify into tartar. Over time the bacteria in plaque and tartar will wreak havoc on your teeth and gum tissues, eventually leading to tooth loss. Gum disease (periodontal disease) can also cause significant bone and tooth loss over time.
Treatment for Children
Everyone benefits from preventive dentistry, but children have the most to gain. Establishing a strong foundation of oral health early will lead to a lifetime of beautiful, healthy teeth. We offer dental sealants and topical fluoride treatments to help prevent decay and protect teeth. Fluoride treatments replenish vital minerals that get stripped away every day as the result of bacteria in the mouth. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are placed on the biting surface of the tooth that fills in deep pits and fissures, where children are most likely to get decay. Most children have a hard time keeping their teeth clean, particularly their molars and premolars. At LakeView Dental Arts, we recommend sealants to fill the deep fissures of these teeth to protect both children and adults from harmful bacteria which leads to tooth decay.
Common Office Practices
LakeView Dental Arts offers a variety of procedures for patients in need of preventive dental care, regardless of age. During your routine appointment, our dental hygienist may take readings of your gum health, images of the condition of your enamel, and any needed x-rays. The hygienist will then perform a professional cleaning which involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth using a scaler. Once your teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, we will polish them to remove stains and restore sheen. We will review effective oral hygiene habits to practice at home such as brushing your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after meals, and flossing between teeth daily. Limiting your intake of sugars and other simple carbohydrates can also help prevent cavities as well as avoiding highly acidic foods and drinks and avoiding sipping on sugary drinks for extended periods of time which lengthens the amount of exposure on the tooth’s surface to acid and bacteria. Of course, attending regular checkups and cleanings are a critical part of maintaining your oral health.
At the end of the appointment, Dr. Walmsley will review x-rays, images, and any readings regarding your gum health, as well as performing a visual oral cancer screening. These are all a part of Dr. Walmsley performing a comprehensive exam. The exam itself is a preventative measure that helps us detect and diagnose any issues related to your oral health. During the exam, we will examine the x-rays to check for problems with the roots and underlying bone, as well as imaging to check on the condition of your enamel and to assure you don’t have any caries between your teeth. If there are any issues we will address them at this time and, of course, we are happy to answer any questions you have.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you would like to experience our preventive services, please call (865) 248-2199, and schedule your appointment today!