Preventive Dental Care

Preventive Dental Care is aimed at preventing tooth decay and gum disease and helping patients be mindful of good oral hygiene practices to promote optimal tooth and gum health. Good oral hygiene practices also help to avoid cavities, gum disease (gingivitis), periodontitis, and enamel loss.

To maintain optimal oral health, daily brushing and dental cleanings are essential for both adults and children to ensure that teeth are clean, strong, and white.  

If you have dental insurance, find out what is covered. Many dental insurance plans cover two preventive dental visits per year.

What Are The Benefits of Preventive Dentistry?

Proper, preventive dental care helps patients avoid or lessen the effects of developing dental problems later on.  

It also helps educate patients on the importance of good oral health. Since the mouth is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, it is essential to maintain a clean mouth to benefit your overall health. Maintaining good oral health greatly reduces your risks of getting cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, and further reduces your risks of developing secondary health problems (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, cancer) due to poor oral health. 

What Steps Can You Take to Keep Your Teeth Healthy?

Follow these tips to help keep your teeth healthy:

  • Brush your teeth daily with fluoride toothpaste
  • Replace your toothbrush three to four times a year
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria from your mouth and help freshen your breath
  • Floss daily
  • Limit your sugar intake
  • Visit your dentist

Why is Sugar Harmful to Your Teeth?

Sugar is harmful to your teeth because cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar and produce acids that attack tooth enamel.  It is, therefore, important to eat a well-balanced diet and limit between-meal snacking for a healthy mouth.

What is the Best Toothpaste to Use?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that when selecting a toothpaste, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance and toothpaste. The seal helps make sure you are choosing the best toothpaste for your dental needs.  It is also an assurance that the toothpaste has met the ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness, and that it does what it says.

What Services Are Part of Preventive Dentistry?

At Burlingame Dental Arts, our comprehensive Preventive Dental Care services include

  • Digital X-rays and computers in each patient room for paperless charting
  • Detailed oral cleaning
  • TMJ evaluation
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Individual treatment plan designed to help improve and maintain your oral health
  • One-on-one consultation with our Burlingame dentists

3D Digital X-Rays

With 3D Conebeam Imaging, your dentist can better understand the current state of your oral health, as this new technology provides complete visual information that allows your dentist to study your case from every angle. 

Other benefits of having 3D digital Xrays

  • Images can be easily duplicated and sent as part of a referral to a specialist.
  • Digital X-rays are never lost or damaged during a transfer.

Contact us today at (503) 246-8447 to schedule your dental appointment with one of our Burlingame dentists.