The Importance of Preventative Care

Hey there Eugene! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Eugene Family Dental. 2016 is inching a little bit closer everyday! Are you ready to start your year off right? Then perhaps you should make plans to get your health in order. Maybe you just need to vary your diet a little bit, or do some running. But when was the last time you visited the dentist’s office?

At Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, we want all of our patients to have clean teeth and clean gums. Your mouth acts like a window into your overall health. When your teeth are decayed and/or you’re suffering from gum disease, there’s a good chance that other areas of your health are being affected.

Tooth Decay can make it hard to maintain a varied diet, leading to malnutrition. Gum disease is even scarier; recent research has linked gum disease to life-threatening diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. But preventative dental care can help you avoid tooth decay and gum disease, before they become an issue!

In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to look at dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants. These preventative care measures not only leave you with clean teeth, they drastically reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. We’ll also look at how a custom mouthguard can help safeguard your oral health if you play sports or suffer from a TMJ disorder. But first, we’re going to begin by discussing the importance of preventative care.

Understand the Importance of Preventative Care

Everyday, there’s a war happening in your mouth. When you take a bit of food or a swing of soda, bacteria is left on your teeth and gums. This bacteria turns into plaque and tartar, acidic bacterias which cause gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing and flossing is your first line of defense against plaque and tartar.

But brushing and flossing alone won’t leave you with clean teeth. Plaque has a tendency to accumulate in places that you can’t reach on your own, and tartar deposits can only be removed with professional, ultrasonic tools. Preventative dental care from Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, is designed to be your second line of defense against plaque and tooth decay.

Dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. You could come to our comfortable and modern office to get treatment for a decayed tooth, an infected tooth, or gum disease. Or you could save time, money, and discomfort by coming in for preventative care.

Routine Appointments Help You Avoid Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

At Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, we recommend all our patients (over the age of three )undergo a dental cleaning at least every six months. Using ultrasonic tools, we remove plaque from the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth and bust apart tartar. A dental cleaning can completely reverse the early stages of gum diseases, all while lowering your risk for tooth decay.

We also perform a dental exam on our patients during a regular appointment. We can offer fast and accurate diagnoses for problems caused by tooth decay and gum disease. When we can detect these issues early, we can prevent the need for lengthy and costly restorative procedures. If you’re at a high risk for tooth decay, Dr. Thomas may recommend prescription toothpaste which contains higher levels of fluoride.

Get Extra Protection with Fluoride Treatments and Dental Sealants

A fluoride treatment is an easy and fast way to lower your risk of tooth decay. Fluoride is an essential mineral for strengthening your enamel. Fluoride can even help your enamel regrow. Fluoride treatments can be applied via a comfortable tray which you wear for about a minute. Dr. Thomas may also recommend fluoride varnish which is brushed directly onto your teeth.

For patients with an increased risk of tooth decay, Dr. Thomas may also recommend a dental sealant .A dental sealant is a plastic composite which is placed into the grooves of your back teeth. Because these teeth are used for chewing, they tend to suffer from the highest risk for tooth decay. Sealing your teeth prevents plaque from penetrating your enamel.

Safeguard Your Teeth with a Custom Mouthguard

For some patients, mouthguards are a good, low-cost investment to protect their teeth. Dr. Thomas recommends custom mouthguards for patients who play contact sports such as football or basketball. But patients who lift weights or perform other strenuous activities can benefit from a custom mouthguard. When you exert yourself, your natural instinct is to clench your teeth. A custom mouthguard can prevent that from becoming a problem.

Patients who suffer from TMJ disorders or bruxism also run an increased risk of damaged teeth. At Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, we offer specially designed night guards for TMD and bruxism treatment. These custom mouthguards are a comfortable and affordable way to keep your smile healthy.

Make An Appointment

Do you want clean teeth which are also healthy? Then you could benefit from preventative care. Call Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, to schedule an appointment. You can reach our office at 458-205-5189.