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Buford, GA 30519

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Preventive Dentistry

This area of the profession is every single practice,  professional or not,  that helps to prevent oral disease. It includes your daily oral hygiene habits and your regular cleaning appointments. It is a combined effort.  One cannot succeed without the other.

Home Dental Hygiene

  • Minimizing sugary drinks: By doing so, we deprive oral bacteria from one of their main food sources. This results in a decrease bacterial acid production, helping to prevent tooth decay and gums inflammation
  • Tooth Brushing: This is essential to remove food debris from the teeth chewing, cheek and tongue surfaces. It is responsible for 60% of the dental plaque removal.
  • Dental Flossing: Accounts for 40% of dental plaque removal. Helps to prevent cavities and gum inflammation between teeth.
  • Mouth Wash Use: Contains antiseptics that help to prevent bad breath and to decrease gum inflammation.   Some mouthwashes have fluoride, which strengthens tooth enamel and helps to prevent tooth decay.
  • Tongue Scraping: Helps to mechanically remove bacteria, dead cells, food debris and fungi from the tongue. It helps to prevent bad breath.

Professional Dental Hygiene  

Regular Dental Visit: During this visit, the dentist will evaluate your TMJ, soft tissues and teeth to be sure everything looks within normal limits. Dental x-rays will be taken as considered necessary to assist on teeth evaluation. Finally, if there is no periodontal disease, a regular dental prophylaxis (cleaning) will be done. The latter consists of dental plaque and dental calculus removal. This will help to prevent gum disease and halitosis (bad breath). It is recommended to have at least two dental visits per year. For patients with history of periodontal disease, three or even four dental visits are recommended.

Fluoride Application: Topical fluoride benefits are well documented. It helps to prevent tooth decay on children and adolescent. It transform the tooth material from hydroxyapatite to fluorapatite, which is a stronger, cavity-resistant mineral.

Sealants: Dental sealants help to protect teeth chewing areas from decay. They seal pits and fissures irregularities, preventing dental plaque adhesion to them.

Preventive dentistry has played a vital role in minimizing many different oral diseases. It is the main reason why so many patients have been able to retain their teeth longer, even on their late adulthood, improving their quality of live and helping their overall health.

By Bolivar Luperon