Preventive Dental Treatments
“While there are several people who make you smile, At Vasan Dental Care, we go a step further. We help you look after your smile to make sure that it stays healthy and bright, always”. At Vasan Dental Care, we don’t focus solely on damage control. Helping you maintain a healthy smile is what makes our day. That’s why we have a range of services tailored to assist you with preventive care. These include:
- Scaling or Oral Prophylaxis (Cleaning of Teeth)
- Fluoride treatments for children
- Preventive sealants
- Snore guards
- Dietary nutritional counselling
Prophylaxis removes plaque and tartar from the teeth to make the gums and teeth healthier. A proper oral examination is necessary prior to teeth cleaning to ensure that periodontal disease does not go undetected. It is not uncommon for patients to note that teeth appear slightly more sensitive after a dental cleaning. This usually occurs because the plaque and tartar shield the teeth from substances in the mouth.
A periodontal examination and probing is used to assess the health of your gums and teeth. It can help your dentist diagnose the gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. It also can reveal receding gums, exposed roots, tooth grinding (bruxism) and other problems. The exam and probing also includes taking measurements of the spaces between your teeth and gums.
Besides the examination, you also may need x-rays of your teeth. A periapical x-ray helps show the extent and pattern of bone loss around each tooth. These x-rays cover the entire tooth, from the crown (top) to the end of the root, which anchors the tooth in your jaw. You also may need an x-ray of your entire mouth. This is called a panoramic radiograph. This type of X-Ray shows other important structures in your skull. They include the maxillary sinuses and jaw joints. You may have to undergo treatment called scaling and root planning.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in food and water. It helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It also reverses early decay.
Your dentist can also supplement this process by applying fluoride to the teeth as a gel, foam, or varnish. These treatments contain a much higher level of fluoride than the amount found in toothpastes and mouth rinses. Varnishes are painted on the teeth while foams are put into a mouth guard
Fluoride Treatments are indicated if:
- You are taking medications that cause a dry mouth or have a disease that causes dry mouth. Without saliva to neutralize the acids in your mouth and wash away food particles, you’re more susceptible to tooth decay.
- Your gums have receded or pulled away from the teeth. This gives bacteria more room to roam and hastens tooth decay.
- You wear braces. Braces and other orthodontic appliances trap a lot of bacteria that can lead to cavities.
- You’ve had radiation therapy to the neck or head. Radiation damages the salivary glands, causing dry mouth.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay.
Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves.
The procedure is simple and quick with little, if any discomfort. First the dentist thoroughly cleans and prepares the teeth to be sealed. The dentist then applies the sealant to the tooth’s chewing surface, where it bonds with the enamel. He or she may use a special curing light to help the sealant harden. The entire procedure is just a matter of a short visit.
A mouth-guard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums. Mouth-guards are most often used to prevent injury in contact sports and as a treatment for bruxism or temporomandibular joint disorder.
A snore guard as the name suggests, is a kind of mouth guard used only during sleep. It helps prevent the jaw and tongue from dropping back into the throat and closing off the air passage.
Keeping the air-way open greatly reduces snoring. If you snore a lot, or suffer from sleep apnea (a condition where you cannot sleep properly because your airways get blocked when you lie down), talk to your dentist about getting a snore guard.
Nutrition and oral health have a very close relationship with your overall health. The condition of your mouth and teeth affects the way you digest your food to receive nutrients. That’s why we offer you guidance to help you improve your dental health and in turn impact your overall health for the better.