Preventive dentistry focuses on protecting your teeth and gums from damage. There are many dentistry procedures that are preventative, but the most common are oral hygiene-related. Cleaning your teeth removes plaque, which contains harmful bacteria and food particles. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss every day to keep this plaque from building up.
Even if you do your best to brush and floss daily, there is still likely to be some plaque build-up on your teeth. This plaque absorbs minerals from your saliva and turns rock-hard, effectively turning into tartar. You can’t remove tartar safely on your own, which is why professional cleanings are necessary.
Preventive visits also include exams to search for oral health problems that are just developing, like the beginning stages of gum disease or cavities. When we see these, we can often help you avoid them just by changing your hygiene routine and/or diet.
For minor cavities, we use dental fillings. Small fillings are composite plastic, but larger fillings might be made of advanced ceramic, which is both attractive and strong, even stronger than your natural teeth.