Avoid Decay and Gum Disease with Preventive Dentistry
Routine dental care is essential for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. The preventive dentistry treatments at our Warsaw, IN, practice include exams, cleanings, oral cancer screenings, and deep cleanings. Dr. William B. Stofer encourages patients to come in for a dental visit twice a year. We take care of the entire family's dental needs, also offering a variety of pediatric treatments to safeguard your child's smile.
Preventive Dentistry at Dental Solutions
Routine exams and cleanings are the foundation of preventive care. At each visit, your hygienist will remove bacteria, sticky plaque, and hard tartar from your teeth. Our hygienists are very gentle, so your cleaning will be stress-free. After your cleaning, one of our team members will conduct a complete dental exam. He or she will look for structural damage to your teeth, as well as gum inflammation and other symptoms of gum disease. If your dentist determines that you do have periodontitis, you will receive a deep cleaning. Your hygienist will remove bacteria from your gums, and she will smooth your dental roots so that bacteria cannot accumulate in the rough grooves. Your gums will be numb during this treatment, so you should experience very little, if any, discomfort.
Through routine dental visits, your treatment team can remove the bacteria, plaque, and tartar that otherwise will build up in your mouth over time, and are difficult to remove with just brushing and flossing.
Finally, we will conduct an oral cancer screening. Oral lesions, redness, inflammation, and bleeding are some of the symptoms of oral cancer. If your dentist notices any of these warning signs, he or she will order a biopsy. Most sores turn out to be harmless. Nevertheless, early detection could save your life since oral cancer is much easier to beat in the initial stages.
The Benefits of Preventive Dentistry
You know that brushing and flossing will help to prevent decay. However, you cannot combat oral bacteria on your own. Through routine dental visits, your treatment team can remove the bacteria, plaque, and tartar that will build up in your mouth over time. Thus, they can prevent cavities, dental infection, and toothaches.
Bacteria could also work their way into your gum tissue, forming pockets that cause your gums to pull away from your dental roots. As this occurs, you could experience tooth loss and gum recession. With regular visits, we can prevent these problems from occurring. Additionally, gum disease can have serious consequences for your overall physical health. Therefore, regular preventive dentistry may protect your systemic health, as well as your smile.
Who Needs Preventive Dentistry Treatments?
Patients of all ages benefit from routine preventive care. Many assume that children do not need to visit the dentist because they are not likely to develop cavities. In reality, children sometimes face a higher risk for decay than adults. Seniors should visit the dentist regularly as well, even if they are missing all or most of their teeth.
In most cases, we encourage children, adults, and seniors to come into the office twice a year. If you have a history of decay, or if you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you may want to come in more often. You should also schedule more frequent visits if you have a personal or family history of oral cancer.
Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment
We are committed to your lifelong oral health at Dental Solutions. Routine dental visits will help prevent decay and gum disease, enhancing your long-term systemic health. Contact our office to book your preventive treatment.