Preventative Dental Care
Preventative Dental Care
As a Lansing dentist and dental health coach, preventative care is one of the areas of dental health that I feel most strongly about. Practicing proper preventative care, both at home and by visiting the dentist, is essential for maintaining good oral health. Through regular care and maintenance, our Lansing dentist can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums and avoid problems that lead to decay and disease.
Taking Care of Your Teeth and Gums
At our Lansing dental office, we offer a variety of options for preventative care. Our main goal is to help guide you and coach you to make decisions and develop habits that prevent decay and disease and avoid the need for expensive restorative treatments. That’s why we place a strong emphasis on practicing good oral hygiene.
Practicing good at home care is essential to maintaining good oral health. Between your regular visits to your Lansing dentist, there are steps you can take to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. We generally recommend the following practices:
- Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft bristled toothbrush
- Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride
- Avoid foods and beverages that are high in sugar
- Replace your toothbrush once every 3-4 months
- Visit your Lansing dentist regularly for cleanings and exams
Our Preventative Dental Services
In addition to focusing on coaching, we also offer a variety of dental treatments for preventative care. These treatments include but are not limited to:
- Dental cleanings
- Periodontal treatments
- Dental exams
- Oral cancer screenings
- Dental sealants
- Tooth fillings
It’s important to visit your Lansing dentist regularly for professional cleanings in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Having your teeth professionally cleaned helps to remove plaque buildup that can cause dental decay and periodontal disease. During your cleaning, your dentist will work to remove the plaque on your teeth, which involves root planing and scaling. A dental cleaning is a relatively quick procedure that generally lasts about one hour.
Periodontal disease is a serious disease in which the structures surrounding the teeth, including the gums, ligaments, and bones, are infected. Signs of periodontal disease include red, swollen, or bleeding gums, gum recession, bad breath, and loose teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth and bone loss as well as an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and respiratory disease. At our office, we offer a variety of treatment options to help avoid the development of gum disease and stop its progression so that the gums can be allowed to return to a healthy state.
In addition to having your teeth professionally cleaned, it’s also important to visit your Lansing dentist regularly so that they can assess the health of your teeth and gums by performing a dental exam. During the exam, your dentist will thoroughly inspect your teeth, gums, and mouth and may also take digital x-rays. Performing this simple procedure can help save your smile and prevent tooth loss and gum disease.
In addition to the treatments described above, we also offer a variety of other services for preventative care. These include dental sealants, oral cancer screenings, and restorative and cosmetic treatments. If you are interested in learning more about the services we offer, please contact our office.
Schedule an Appointment
To learn more about preventative care or schedule an appointment with your Lansing dentist, please contact our office. One of our staff members will be more than happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have.