Preventative dental care focuses on those procedures and life practices that help prevent oral disease. Untreated dental disease can lead to serious health issues such as infections, strokes, heart disease, premature births, and Alzheimer’s disease.
The American Dental Association recommends the following steps to maintain good oral health and a healthy lifestyle:
Brush your teeth two times per day with an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste
Replace your toothbrush every three to four months
Use floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between teeth daily
Eat a balanced diet and avoid soft drinks
Visit a dental professional regularly for cleanings and oral exams
Prevent dental decay, reduce the need for costly dental procedures, and improve your overall health with good oral hygiene and proper dental care.
What can I expect during my oral exam?
During your dental examination your dentist will discuss with you your goals and expectations and identify concerns you may have regarding your oral health. Dentists use visual examinations and necessary x-rays to develop customized treatment plans. A dental hygienist will work with your dentist to evaluate the tissues and bone surrounding your teeth and assess your overall oral health.
Axiom Dentistry of Little Village offers the latest in technology including the use of digital x-rays. Radiographs are an important diagnostic tool used during an oral evaluation. They expose areas of concern that may be hidden between your teeth. Digital x-rays can be viewed instantly and reduce the amount of radiation by 80%. They are safer not only for the patient but for the environment as well because they eliminate the use of harsh chemicals needed to develop film. Images can be instantly viewed on a television monitor and can be enlarged, cropped, and enhanced for better clarity. In order to enable patients to take an active role in their dental treatment, Axiom Dentistry offers the use of intraoral cameras in addition to digital x-rays. It is easier for patients to understand their dental conditions when they are able to see what we see.
What about a dental cleaning?
During your initial visit to Axiom Dentistry of Little Village, the condition of your gums and supporting bone will be evaluated. A recommendation by one of our skilled dental hygienist will be made for the appropriate type of dental cleaning needed. Professional dental cleanings, called a prophylaxis, are preventative in nature and designed to prevent gum disease, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. On occasion, some patients will initially require a higher level of care before moving into regular preventative dental cleanings.
Dental hygienist are trained to remove plaque, tarter, and stain with specialized instruments as well as educate the patient on proper methods of brushing and flossing. They also recommend the best products for home care. You should see your hygienist at least every six months to ensure fresh breath and a confident smile.
Regular oral examinations and professional dental cleanings should be part of any healthy lifestyle. Contact Axiom Dentistry of Little Village to learn how to keep your beautiful smile in tip-top shape. We provide preventative care for the entire family!