Preventive dentistry is all about maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. It also includes procedures that help prevent dental problems in the future.
The most basic preventive measures that you can take are brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and following a healthy diet. This can help you prevent cavities and tooth decay.
Benefits of Preventive Dentistry
Preventive dentistry benefits you in the following ways:
- It helps to maintain your oral health as well as your overall health.
- It prevents dental issues that could prove to be expensive to treat.
- It helps prevent tooth decay, which can lead to cavities and gingivitis.
- It avoids gum recession and bone loss, which can lead to tooth loss.
- It keeps your teeth strong and healthy by eliminating the harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Preventive Dentistry Treatment Options
During this procedure, we will examine your teeth and gums to check for tooth decay or gum disease. We may also look for any signs of oral cancer.
We will apply a fluoride gel to your teeth to strengthen them and increase their resistance to decay. This gel will be left on your teeth for two minutes before being washed off.
Professional Teeth Whitening
We may recommend professional teeth whitening treatments if you have stained or discolored teeth. For this procedure, we will use a concentrated bleaching gel on your teeth for about 15 minutes to lighten their color.
Oral Cancer Screening
Dental exams are not sufficient in detecting oral cancer early enough to treat it successfully because there are no early symptoms of this disease. We may recommend an oral cancer screening test if you have symptoms like persistent bad breath, bleeding in the mouth, pain in the mouth, or a lump in the throat or neck area, etc. It involves using an instrument that emits blue light to highlight areas with abnormalities that are hidden from regular viewing procedures.
Gum Disease Screening
Gum disease is caused when the plaque on your teeth hardens into tartar, which then releases toxins into your mouth and infects your gums. We may recommend a gum disease screening test if you suffer from bleeding gums, loose teeth, persistent bad breath, etc., which could be signs of gum disease. We may take an impression of your gum line using a probe and analyze it under a microscope to check for signs of gum disease or receding gums.
To know more, call us at (317) 991-4725 and schedule an appointment to visit our dental practice in Indianapolis, IN.