Preventative dentistry is a great way to take care of your smile and avoid major dental surprises such as severe decay or other issues. Visiting your dentist every six months can help you maintain a healthy smile and catch dental problems early. By treating decay, infections and other dental problems as soon as they arise, you can save your smile from more expensive and extensive treatment down the road. If it has been awhile since you have had a dental check-up we’d love to help you get your smile on the right track. At a regular dental check-up, you’ll receive a dental cleaning, exam and x-rays. This is the best way to keep up on your dental care, in addition to daily at-home dental hygiene.
At a regular check-up our team will check for plaque and tartar buildup. A professional cleaning will help remove the plaque and tartar that is hard to remove at home. If extensive cleaning is recommended, your dentist can recommend that best option for caring for your smile. Gum disease such as gingivitis and periodontitis can show up in the gums and lead to severe problems for your smile. Periodontal work may be needed if the signs of decay need more attention than a regular cleaning alone can give.
Fluoride treatments are recommended periodically to strengthen your teeth. Fluoride can help build your smile’s defense and prevent decay. Your dentist can let you know when fluoride treatments are recommended depending on your smile.
A strong form of defense for your hard-to-reach back molars is dental sealants. Sealants are made of a plastic coating that is painted onto the back molars to protect the deep crevices and areas of the teeth that are more apt to show signs of decay. Once dental sealants are used, they will last for years before needing to be reapplied. Sealants are recommended for adults as well as children to prevent cavities. Of course, dental sealants are not meant to take the place of regular dental care. Daily brushing and flossing is still necessary. Dental sealants provide an extra layer of defense for your smile. If you are interested in dental sealants in New York City, call our office today!
Oral Cancer Screening
At every routine check-up we carefully check for oral cancer because we want to catch signs early to help save your overall and oral health. Caught early, many times oral cancer can be treated and reversed.