Preventative Dentistry is becoming a very wide based thing for dentists, hygienists, and C.D.A.’s.
When prevention first became a concern for dentistry we were out to prevent one thing. Cavities. We already knew how to fix them. Fillings. Of course, we still do emphasize and promote this type of prevention.
Then, many of us in the dental profession were made to realize that we could help people avoid, prevent, or even cure existing gum disease. To do this, it is our belief that a healthy team approach must exist between dentist, hygienist, assistant and client (that’s you!) with the team approach we can have amazing success preventing or even getting rid of gum disease. By the way, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss!
Gum disease is inflammation due to the presence of bacterial plaque. Our immune system reacts to the bacteria and the result is red bleeding gums and later on bone loss and loose teeth. (ie. Gingivitis leads to periodontitis).
We also know that if we can keep teeth and gums healthy we can help to avoid or lessen the effects of heart disease, diabetes, premature birth with pregnancy, and possibly certain forms of cancer. Please visit our section entitled “maintaining health”.
Other important areas of prevention that we provide through our clinic are: early childhood orthodontic interception (see orthodontics), appliances to prevent destruction of teeth and jaw joints from grinding and clenching, and sealants to prevent certain cavities.