From the time your first tooth erupts to the end of your life, preventive dental care plays an essential role in the health of your teeth and of your entire body. Teeth which are not properly cared for are susceptible to disease and decay which, if left untreated, affects not just your mouth, but every aspect of your health. On the other hand, all but the most sudden or persistent dental health issues can be headed off with careful cleaning and regular application of preventive dentistry treatments.
At Dental Excellence, we want your smile to always look and feel its best. Below are some preventive dentistry procedures we offer to ensure your teeth stay in peak condition.
Just as we can't save your teeth without you, you also need us to keep your teeth in their best shape. Brushing and flossing are vital, but are not enough on their own. No matter how well you maintain your teeth, there will always be places you can't reach and problems you can't see. That's where we come in. At Dental Excellence, we offer professional exams and cleanings to keep your teeth at their best. We remove any tartar buildup, examine your gums for signs of infection, polish your teeth to keep them bright, and warn you of potential issues before they develop into serious problems.
The chewing surfaces of your molars are a breeding ground for bacteria. Covered in tiny pits and crevices, they trap food and plaque, and are extremely difficult to clean by brushing. Because most decay starts on these vulnerable surfaces, Dental Excellence offers dental sealants to guard the molars from infection. Dental sealants are thin layers of plastic painted onto the molars just where they are most prone to decay. By filling the fissures and presenting a smooth surface, sealants make the molars easier to clean and protect. While dental sealants are often recommended for children and young teens whose adult molars have just erupted, they are beneficial for patients of all ages and drastically reduce your risk of cavities.
No matter where you are or what you're doing, plaque is slowly accumulating on your teeth. This sticky substance is rife with bacteria, which steal the minerals from your teeth and secrete acid that weakens them. To keep your enamel hard and protect your teeth from decay, those minerals have to be replenished, and frequently your diet just isn't enough. That's why Dental Excellence provides fluoride treatments to keep patients' enamel hard and bright. Regular fluoride treatments boost the mineral level of your teeth, an effect that will help protect them between visits. Combined with a healthy diet, these treatments will keep your teeth fully fluoridated and defend them against damage.
Not all damage to the teeth comes from decay. While it's impossible to completely eliminate the risk of dental trauma, some situations are more risky than others. This is particularly true of sports and other activities, where dental injuries are extremely common and can lead to massive dental bills. To protect both your teeth and your wallet, we recommend investing in a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard. Our mouthguards offer a superior fit to over-the-counter varieties, for the most effective tooth protection you will find.
Regular dental checkups are vital to your oral health. At Dental Excellence, we are proud to provide the highest quality of preventive dental services to patients in and around Independence. If you're looking for the best dentist in the Independence, Mo area, contact us today!