Ask any doctor or dentist, and they’ll tell you that prevention is far superior to treatment. At Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates, we tell our patients that despite how far we’ve come in treating dental problems, there’s nothing quite like our natural teeth. Preventing dental issues is our priority.
We provide many services here at Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates in Great Neck that fall under preventive dentistry. These include regular checkups and cleanings, as well as procedures like fluoride treatments and dental sealants. We’ll tell you what we think would be the best ways to preserve and protect your natural teeth after examining them.
Dental associations agree that adults need to visit their dentists at least twice a year. These aren’t visits where you have symptoms and need them treated. These are visits where you visit the dentist even if you feel fine and have no complaints.
Regular checkups consist of exams and cleanings. During the exams, we inspect your mouth using our tools. These tools let us see the biting surfaces of teeth and between them. Sometimes we detect small cavities or mild gum inflammation. In many patients, we don’t find any dental problems.
Cleanings are for the removal of plaque and tartar. If you’ve tried removing them at home, then you probably already know it’s an impossible task. With the tools available in the office, we can easily remove the build-up on your teeth.
Fluoride is now present in most toothpaste. It’s a mineral that can stop tooth decay and strengthen teeth. Using it in the right amounts is empirical. Too little fluoride won’t lead to any benefits, while too much of it can stain healthy teeth.
We calculate each person’s dose based on their age and weight. Fluoride is then applied to teeth using a brush, gel, or tiny cups placed over teeth and left for a specific amount of time. Patients should avoid eating and drinking for about half an hour after the procedure. This is required to give teeth enough time to absorb the fluoride.
For more preventive dentistry near you, give us a call.