If you consider the cost of a dental exam and cleaning compared to that of complex dental treatments and restorations, it’s easy to see that prevention is the preferable alternative. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits and cleanings at our Chesapeake dental office, cavities and periodontal disease are almost entirely preventable.
Today, high quality dental care is about more than a beautiful smile. We offer preventive services that help you reach the goal of a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile. By building long-term patient relationships, we can create a treatment plan that is tailored to fit your needs and goals for a whole and healthy smile.
Dental Treatment That Promotes Total Wellness
The two most critical components of preventive care are regular exams with Dr. Dukes and dental cleanings with our hygienist. When used in combination with other preventive treatments, they are the best defense we have against the development of serious oral health problems like periodontal disease.
Now, more than ever before, we understand that maintaining good oral health is essential to promoting overall health and wellbeing. There are ongoing studies on the connection between the health of your mouth and your total wellness, known as the oral-systemic link. Preventing and controlling periodontal disease is vitally important as we learn more about the effects it has on your body.
Recent studies have looked at link between chronic oral disease and an increase an increased risk of developing heart disease, respiratory disorders, stroke, and other serious health problems. Our preventive treatments are designed to enhance your overall and oral wellness and leave your smile healthier than when we started.
Regular Dental Exams
As a rule of thumb, we recommend dental checkups twice a year. After evaluating the state of your oral health, we may recommend more frequent visits. Regular dental exams allow us to visually inspect your teeth for problems that may be developing, like the onset of gum disease and tooth decay. Digital x-rays let us see what is happening deep inside your teeth and allow us to create a treatment plan to address problems while they are still minor.
Fluoride treatments are another effective tool for helping to maintain oral health. In most cases, our patients absorb sufficient fluoride through food and water supplies. But everyone’s needs are different, and periodic exams help us determine if fluoride treatments should be a part of your preventive dental care. There are a variety of medical conditions that put us at higher risk for decay; extra topical fluoride is one of the mainstays of preventive treatment.
Sealants are a protective coating of very thin plastic applied to the grooves in the chewing surface of your teeth. Sealants smooth over the deep natural grooves of molars, making them easier to clean and reducing the risk of decay. They should be placed on the six-year and twelve-years molars as soon as possible in children. They are also important in older children and adults who are at higher risk for decay.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Dental cleanings are usually recommended once every six months for a patient with no serious ongoing dental concerns. During a professional cleaning, our trained dental hygienist will evaluate and identify signs of inflammation and disease. We then develop a personalized treatment plan based on your dental needs.
During a routine cleaning, the hygienist gently removes the build-up of plaque and tartar around your gumline that cannot be removed with regular brushing and flossing. Without regular cleanings, plaque and tartar left on teeth can lead to periodontal disease and risk damaging your long-term oral health. Patients with a history of gum disease need to be seen more frequently and have more extensive hygiene treatment to help control the disease.
Comprehensive, Friendly Care
We’re committed to promoting your overall well-being with quality dental care. Our office is warm and inviting, and our friendly staff will make you feel right at home. We will spend all the time necessary to answer your questions so that you feel informed and confident about your treatment.
Please contact our Chesapeake dental office today to make an appointment for a routine checkup and professional dental cleaning. We look forward to working with you to help you achieve optimal oral health.