Preventing dental disease begins with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. In addition, regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays will help prevent the onset or progress of dental diseases and conditions.
Proper home care of teeth plays a critical role in a healthy, beautiful smile. Brush teeth at least twice per day and after meals. Use an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste. Electric toothbrushes are easy to use and remove plaque efficiently – often more efficiently than a manual toothbrush. Floss daily between teeth and at the gumline to remove food particles, plaque, and prevent damage. Other dental aides can also assist in good dental hygiene. These include:tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, and medicated rinses. Consult with Dr. Paez to determine the best fit for your individual needs.
Dental sealants are a clear protective coating that is applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars, and any deep grooves of teeth. Sealants protect teeth from cavities by sealing deep grooves and creating a smooth, easy to clean surface.
Fluoride is an effective agent in the prevention of tooth decay and teeth sensitivity. Although fluoride is a mineral naturally present in many food and water supplies, a dentist can apply fluoride to the teeth in the form of gel, foam, or varnish. These treatments contain a much higher level of fluoride than the amount found in toothpaste and rinses.
Digital radiography is a form of x-ray imaging using digital x-ray sensors instead of traditional photographic film. The images are stored on a computer for more accessible viewing and enlarged to assist the dentist and hygienist in early problem detection. In addition, digital radiography significantly reduces the amount of radiation to the patient.
Dental Exams and Cleaning
At the initial dental visit, a comprehensive dental exam will be performed. This includes: examination of diagnostic x-rays, oral cancer screening, gum disease evaluation, examination of tooth decay, and examination of existing restorations. A registered dental hygienist will perform a professional dental cleaning, including: removal of tartar, removal of plaque, and teeth polishing.