Preventive care can help you reduce your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. When decay or disease is already occurring, preventive care can help ensure the right steps are taken to manage the issues and avoid further damage.
The cornerstone of preventive dental care is the dental checkup. During a checkup, your teeth and gums will be evaluated for signs of decay or other damage, x-rays may be taken to look for damage inside your teeth, and your teeth and the gums around them will be cleaned of plaque and tartar. Fluoride treatments and sealants may also be applied, and Dr. Nathanson will also look for any signs of oral cancer. During your exam, you should tell Dr. Nathanson about any medications you're taking as well as any health conditions you have, such as diabetes or heart disease. Once your exam is complete, Dr. Nathanson will discuss her findings as well as the need for fillings or other care and can provide you with advice on how to properly care for your teeth and gums at home until your next exam.
A dental cleaning helps remove plaque and tartar that can cause tooth decay and gum disease and provide places for harmful bacteria to lodge. Regular cleanings are an important part of ensuring your teeth and gums stay healthy.
You should have them cleaned each time you see Dr. Nathanson for a checkup. The American Dental Association says patients should see their dentist every six months for optimal oral health.
Dental x-rays provide important information about the health of your teeth that can be gleaned from an exam. Dr. Nathanson uses digital x-rays which use a very small amount of radiation so patients don't need to worry about any risks of radiation exposure.
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