Prevention

Preventive dentistry is a lifelong commitment.

Regularly scheduled preventative treatments can save you time and money while helping you avoid complicated and uncomfortable dental procedures. Preventive dentistry includes periodic examinations, cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments.
A Daily Problem

Daily brushing and cleaning between teeth are important to your dental health because it removes plaque. Plaque is a thin, colorless, sticky film that constantly forms on your teeth. When you eat foods containing sugars and starches, the bacteria in plaque produces acids, which attach tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with the teeth. After such attacks, the enamel breaks down and a cavity forms.

Adult Care

Long Term Effects of Plaque Build Up

It may surprise you to know that 50% of adults over the age of 18 and 75% of adults over age 35 have some degree of gum disease.
If plaque is not removed with daily brushing, it can eventually harden into calculus (tarter). As calculus forms near the gum line, good oral hygiene is more difficult to maintain and gums can become irritated and inflamed.They become swollen and may bleed. The gums begin to pull away from teeth and form pockets that usually become infected.

If gum disease is not treated promptly, the bone supporting the teeth is destroyed and healthy teeth may be lost. Your dental team can remove calculus from your teeth and treat gum disease that has already appeared. But daily care is in your hands. It’s never too early to start fighting back.

Preventive 6-18yrs

Baby to Permanent Teeth

As your child nears age 6, the jaws grow, making room for the permanent teeth. At the same time, the roots of the primary teeth begin to be absorbed by the tissue around them, and the permanent teeth under them prepare to erupt.

The first permanent molars usually erupt between ages five and six, so they are sometimes called the six-year molars. Because the six-year molars do not replace any primary teeth they are often mistaken for primary teeth. You should remember that they are permanent teeth and must be cared for properly if they are to last throughout your child’s lifetime. These molars are especially important because they determine the shape of the lower part of the face. They also affect the position and health of the other permanent teeth.

Sometimes a primary tooth is lost before a permanent tooth beneath it is ready to erupt. If primary teeth are lost too early, nearby teeth can tip or move into the vacant space. When the permanent teeth are ready to come into the mouth, there will not be enough room. As a result, they may erupt out of their proper position, leading to malocclusion.

To avoid such future problems, your dentist may recommend using a space maintainer to reserve space for the permanent tooth. If a primary tooth does not fall out when it should, your dentist may recommend that it be removed to prevent the irregular eruption of the permanent tooth.

Your dentist may recommend that your child use an over-the-counter fluoride mouth rinse daily after age six. Be sure to instruct and, if necessary, supervise your child in the use of these mouth rinses. By age 7, your child should be able to brush alone. Flossing, however, is a more difficult skill to master. At about age 8, the child should be able to floss his or her own teeth under your supervision.

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