At Lifeworks Dental, we believe in the old-age saying, “prevention is better than cure”. That is why our treatment philosophy is focused on preventing dental problems and diseases before they can damage your oral health and compromise your facial esthetics. So how can you prevent dental problems, and enjoy a happy and healthy lifestyle? The following paragraphs present a few simple rules for this.
Good oral hygiene is your first and the most important line of defense against dental disease. All it takes is just three small things:
No one method is 100% clean, but using all of these tools will be the best preventative for home care.
Oral hygiene Home Care Is Not Sufficient Alone
However, even your best efforts at oral hygiene cannot guarantee the prevention of dental disease. There is more than one reason for it.
So, what can you do about it? This is where preventive dental care at Lifeworks Dental comes at your rescue:
Preventive Dental Services at Lifeworks Dental
Regular check-up visits are not only important for maintaining a beautiful smile, but they are equally important for ensuring that you enjoy optimal dental and overall health. During your checkup visits, we will perform a detailed examination of your teeth, gums, face, head, and neck. We will also look at the x-ray images of your teeth to detect underlying teeth cavities which are not visible through the naked eye.
Professional Dental cleanings are your second line of defense against dental problems. During professional teeth cleaning, we use a special instrument which vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency and removes plaque (bacteria) and tartar (mineral deposits) from your teeth. These plaque deposits harbor harmful bacteria which release toxins and cause inflammation of the gums. Professional cleanings are especially important for individuals who have poor oral hygiene maintenance or those who have existing periodontal problems.
Some people tend to grind or clench their teeth during sleep or during tense moments. This is called bruxism. This can wear out the molars, reducing their lengths, smoothing out their chewing surfaces, and even causing changes to your bite. It could also cause chipping of molars, ultimately resulting in their loss. Clenching and grinding can be caused by mental stress, nasal problems, or genetic tendencies.
At Lifeworks Dental, we will identify the underlying reason behind teeth grinding. At the same time, we will also recommend night guards or day guards. These are protective removable appliances which are worn to protect your teeth from excessive damage because of grinding.
A great advantage of regular inspection visits to the dentist is that he or she can give you timely advice if an adverse tendency is detected. For example, you may be losing your enamel gradually. That could expose your inner tooth structure to cavities. The dentist can not only give treatment and prescribe treatment options, but he or she can also give you advice on the possible habitual causes, and preventive techniques, including good oral hygiene, dietary changes, and treatments.
During a routine checkup visit, we will give you instructions regarding the best practices to maintain your oral hygiene. We also educate parents regarding the foods or drinks (acidic properties) which are beneficial for adults and for children’s dental and overall health. Another aspect of a checkup visit is the identification of habits like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting which can lead to the improper alignment of the teeth. We will identify these habits in children and give them habit breaking appliances to make sure that their teeth remain in optimal occlusion and orthodontic treatment for alignment of the teeth as needed and recommended.
What do you think would be better? Preventing dental problems from developing at the first place, or spending your time and money in seeking treatment afterward? Surely, prevention is a wise choice. So, if you want to enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile throughout your life, then you should maintain optimal oral hygiene, in addition to visiting us regularly for check-up visits. Remember, your oral health directly affects your overall wellbeing and quality of life!