Slow down gum disease and provide you with better oral health
Brushing and flossing are vital to having a healthy mouth, but no oral hygiene routine is complete without dental cleanings at least twice a year as part of a regular dental checkup. Dental cleaning is important to keep teeth clean and to help your body maintain oral health.
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What is preventive care?
Dr. Rana Nassar and our team are dedicated to helping you keep your smile in good health. While we provide many options for restoring your smile following damage, we would much rather prevent these problems and keep your smile free from pain. Preventive care includes a number of services and treatments aimed at preventing tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other damaging conditions. Our preventive care services include:
- Fluoride treatment — Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps to keep your teeth healthy and protect them from decay.
- Dental sealants — Sealants are thin coatings of resin that are applied to the chewing surface of teeth to prevent tooth decay.
- Athletic mouth guards — Sports guards are worn to protect your smile from injury during athletic activities.
- Night guards/occlusal mouth guards — This type of mouth guard is worn at night while you sleep to prevent the tooth damage and painful symptoms caused by teeth grinding.
- Dental cleanings and exams — Regular exams and cleanings help to keep your smile healthy and ensure that we detect any problems at the earliest possible stage, before they become more serious and painful.
What are the benefits of Dental Cleaning and Prevention?
Cleaning and polishing: This will remove tartar from your teeth as well as plaque, which is formed from bacteria. If left in place, inflammation will eventually occur. He will then polish your teeth to make them look good, removing stains at the same time.
Evaluating your gums: Your gums and the bone underneath your teeth will be carefully checked to ensure that there are no problems or any disease developing.
X-rays: These will allow Dr. Rana Nassar to check inside your jaw bone and teeth for such things as bone loss, problems with development, teeth in the wrong position, tumors, abscesses and any other hidden problems.
Existing dental work: Dr. Rana Nassar will check all fillings, crowns, bridges, implants etc. for any damage or signs of wear and tear
It is also essential that you maintain good dental hygiene at home. For more information about dental hygiene and preventive care, we encourage you to contact our dentist at Wylie Smiles soon.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in water and in many foods. Most communities also add fluoride to their water supplies because of the mineral’s oral health benefits. Studies have shown that fluoride is effective in strengthening teeth and preventing tooth decay.
Is fluoride good for my teeth?
Yes, fluoride helps to protect your teeth from decay. As you eat and drink throughout the day, your tooth enamel is constantly attacked by acids, sugars, and bacteria. This results in a process called demineralization; if too much demineralization occurs, it may lead to tooth decay. Fluoride and other minerals help to remineralize the tooth enamel, preventing tooth decay. It is important to receive a sufficient amount of fluoride both while the teeth are developing and after they have fully formed to keep them strong and healthy.
Dr. Rana Nassar recommends that you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Based on your individual needs, we may also recommend other oral care products that contain fluoride, like mouth rinse. When you visit Wylie Smiles for your routine cleanings and exams, we typically provide a professional fluoride treatment to prevent decay and keep your smile healthy. We want to help you maintain good dental health and prevent any conditions that may cause pain and damage in the future.
What is a sealant?
Dental sealants are one of the preventive services we provide to protect your smile from decay. We want to keep your teeth healthy and free from cavities, and sealants help us reach this goal. A dental sealant is a very thin coating of resin material that is painted onto the chewing surface of the teeth. Sealants are most often used on the back teeth (molars and premolars) because these teeth have natural grooves and pits where decay can easily form. The sealant seals off these grooves and blocks out the bacteria, plaque, acids, and sugars that lead to tooth decay and cavities. The dental sealant also creates a smoother surface on the teeth that makes them easier to keep clean through regular tooth brushing.
Do I need sealants?
Dr. Rana Nassar typically recommends dental sealants for children when their permanent molars and premolars first erupt, which is generally between the ages of 6 and 12 years. Some adults may also benefit from sealants. To learn more about sealants and how we can keep your smile free from the effects of decay, we welcome you to contact us today at Wylie Smiles. Our dentist and dental team are eager to care for your family’s smiles!
How Sealants Are Placed
Taking Care of Sealants
Sealed teeth require the same conscientious dental hygiene as unsealed teeth. Your child should continue to brush and floss his or her teeth daily and have regular professional cleanings. Checking for wear and tear on the sealants is important, though they should last for up to 10 years. During this time, your child will benefit from a preventive treatment proven to reduce decay by more than 70 percent.
Do I need to go to the dentist?
We encourage you to visit our office at least once every six months. These routine visits allow Dr. Scott Lindsay and our team to make certain your smile is healthy and provide any services you need for improved oral health. We also urge you to contact us if you experience a dental emergency or if you notice dental pain of any type. We are committed to your dental health, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!
Call (972) 442-6879 today to schedule appointments for the entire family. Out-of-town guests and their children are always welcome at our friendly dental office, located at 345 W. FM 544, Suite 100B, Wylie, TX 75094