Preventive Dentistry in Jonesboro, AR
When it comes to achieving and maintaining healthy teeth and gums, preventative dentistry is essential. Though our doctors are equipped to address a number of oral health needs, we prefer to prevent issues whenever possible. By doing so, we can save you time, money, and worry and help you avoid more invasive treatments in the future. At Wagner & Langston Family Dentistry, we provide top-tier care for patients of all ages.Contact Us
Routine Oral Examinations
Regular dental evaluations are crucial to long-lasting oral health. During these visits, your doctor assesses the health of the teeth, gums, temporomandibular joints, and surrounding orofacial structures to ensure no decay, disease, or infection is present. If problems exist, it is important to detect and treat them as early as possible to prevent more serious issues from developing. Most individuals can maintain optimal oral health with six-month evaluations. However, if you’re prone to certain conditions, we may want to see you more frequently.
Typically, dental cleanings are performed at the same time as your routine examinations. Your hygienist removes plaque, tartar, debris, and bacteria from the teeth surfaces using special dental instruments and ultrasonic scalers. Next, he or she polishes the teeth with gritty paste and a rubber cup. This removes stains and harmful biofilm. Finally, dental floss is used to clean between the teeth in hard-to-reach areas. Like oral examinations, cleanings should be performed at least once every six months. However, those who are genetically predisposed to gum disease or decay may require more frequent appointments.
By nature, molar teeth have deep pits and grooves in the chewing surfaces. While this is helpful for digestion, these areas also harbor debris and bacteria; they are also much more difficult to clean. To prevent cavities from forming in these areas, we can place dental sealants. Think of dental sealants as raincoats for your teeth. By painting a thin, clear layer of protection on your teeth, we can protect them from food particles, plaque, and bacteria.
Contrary to popular belief, sealants aren’t just for kids. Adults can benefit from them too, especially if they are prone to cavities. Keep in mind, however, that dental sealants are not a substitute for proper oral hygiene. They are intended to be a supplement to appropriate brushing and flossing.
Bacteria breed off of the plaque and tartar that accumulate on the teeth. If these irritants are not routinely removed, the bacteria begin to erode the enamel – the outermost protective layer of the teeth. This demineralization process makes the teeth far more susceptible to cavities and sensitivity. Topical fluoride treatments actively remineralize the enamel, making teeth more resilient against damage. Depending on the particular needs of the patient, fluoride can be administered in gel, foam, or varnish. These treatments can be given during routine dental cleanings to help prevent cavity formation.
Contact Our Practice Today
When it comes to oral health, prevention is key. If you would like to learn more about preventative treatments, reach out to a member of our Jonesboro, AR team. To schedule an appointment contact Wagner & Langston Family Dentistry online or call us at 870-201-8863.Contact Us