Stopping Dental Damage Before It Starts
One of our primary goals is to prevent dental problems from occurring in the first place. Through routine cleanings and exams, as well as pediatric treatments, we can reduce your family’s risks for tooth decay and gum disease.
What Is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is designed to create a foundation for a lifetime of dental health. Regular exams and cleanings are an essential part of preventive care. At these visits, one of our hygienists will remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from your teeth. These harmful substances are the primary causes of dental decay and periodontal disease. Then Dr. Pietrok or Dr. St. Germain will conduct a full exam, looking for decay, gum inflammation, or structural damage to your teeth. Typically at every other exam, they will take digital X-rays. Oral cancer screenings are also an important part of preventive care, especially since early diagnosis is an important part of successfully defeating the disease.
Our pediatric preventive services include gentle exams and cleanings, along with special treatments for children. Sealants and fluoride treatments can protect young teeth, preventing decay for decades to come.
The Importance of Preventive Care
Routine preventive care can save you significant time, money, and discomfort. With regular visits to our office, our team can be on the lookout for the earliest signs of dental concerns. By diagnosing and treating these conditions early on, Dr. Pietrok and Dr. St. Germain can often prevent tooth loss, gum recession, bone degeneration, and the need for extensive restorative treatment. It is also important for children to receive preventive treatment because dental decay is a vicious cycle. Patients who develop cavities in childhood are more likely to struggle with chronic decay as adults.
Who Needs Preventive Dentistry?
You and your entire family should schedule regular dental appointments. In most cases, our dentists will recommend biannual visits. However, if you are at a high risk for gum disease, or if you have a history of decay, they may recommend more frequent appointments. Children should have their first exam and cleaning no more than six months after their first tooth comes in.