Preventative dentistry revolves around the goal of preventing tooth decay. It begins with the acid that is introduced to your teeth with plaque and bacteria. This acid erodes your tooth enamel (protective coating of the tooth). Once the tooth enamel is diminished, the decay will spread faster throughout the tooth due to the soft nature of dentin (inside layer of the tooth). Once the infection spreads it can damage the nerves and roots. The damage will lead to cracks, fracture and even tooth loss if preventive measures are not taken. The sooner tooth decay is addressed the faster, less invasive and cheaper the solution can be. It is important to not underestimate the importance of proper routine maintenance to avoid serious consequences from tooth decay.
We will also monitor the other factors of orals health through the following preventative options:
Your regular hygiene visits will help us examine your teeth and monitor your oral health. We will keep a close eye on your teeth, gums, bones and soft tissue though digital X-ray and perio exams.
Protecting your teeth and jaw is extremely important while you’re exercising. The American Dental Association recommends mouth guards for the following sports:
Track and field
Pre-made mouth guards
Boil-and-Bite mouth guards
Fitted mouth guards
It is vital you consult Dr. Alex the mouth guard you choose because the wrong mouth guard can be improperly maintained, cause breathing problems and be ill-fitted. It is especially important to consult Dr. Alex about protecting your smile if you have braces!
Properly maintaining your mouth guard/ night guard is vital to maintain healthy oral hygiene
Gently scrub your mouth guard/ night guard after each use with your regular tooth brush and toothpaste
Store your mouth guard/ night guard in a protective case. Regularly clean your protective case.
Avoid leaving your mouth guard/ night guard in the sun or hot water, high temperatures could cause it to melt.
Do not wear a retainer with your mouth guard/ night guard
Do not cut or chew your mouth guard/ night guard
Regularly bring your mouth guard/ night guard to your dental visits to ensure it is functioning properly.