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Preventative Dentistry

Oral Evaluation and Examination

Clearing the oral cavity of saliva, blood, fluids, and debris to maintain a clear operative field during a dental procedure.

 

Cleanings

Most teeth cleanings are performed by a dental hygienist. Before the actual cleaning process begins, they start with a physical exam of your entire mouth. The dental hygienist uses a small mirror to check around your teeth and gums for any signs of gingivitis (inflamed gums) or other potential concerns. If they detect major problems, the dental hygienist might call the dentist to make sure it is fine to proceed.

 

Nutritional Counseling

Dental hygienists are in a unique position to provide both oral hygiene instruction and basic nutrition information related to oral health. Many clients may not be aware of the effects of diet and nutritional status on the development and maintenance of a healthy mouth and caries-free teeth. It is vitally important for dental hygienists to perform basic nutrition screening to assess clients’ dietary habits for potential risk factors for dental caries and periodontal disease, and to look for potential signs of nutritional deficiencies or nutrition-related problems in clients with chronic diseases or conditions.

 

Fluoride Treatments

An easily operated treatment, the use of professionally applied topical fluoride is applied to prevent dental caries and remineralizing early enamel caries or white spot lesions. It is also used to arrest dentine caries.

 

Dental Sealants

Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but it’s not always easy to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth – especially those back teeth you use to chew (called molars). Molars are rough, uneven and a favorite place for leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria to hide.

 

Still, there is another safety net to help keep those teeth clean. It is called a sealant, and it is a thin, protective coating (made from plastic or other dental materials) that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth. They are no substitute for brushing and flossing, but they can keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity.

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