Preventive Dental Care Seattle, WA
As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The best way to avoid costly dental treatment is to prevent any issues from arising in the first place. In addition to practicing healthy dental habits, staying regular with routine checkups and taking advantage of professional preventative services are paramount to your oral health.
Healthy Dental HabitsA solid homecare routine sets the foundation for a consistently happy and healthy mouth. The American Dental Association recommends the 2x2 rule: brush for two full minutes two times a day. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and light pressure, as scrubbing too hard can cause abrasion to the enamel. We advise that you floss at least once a day to target areas between the teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach. Be sure to ask us for a demonstration of the currently recommended brushing and flossing techniques!
Another healthy dental habit is the act of rinsing your mouth out after meals or snacks, especially those that are high in sugar. Using plain water, simply swish for fifteen to thirty seconds and expectorate. This helps flush away food debris that would otherwise sit and fester until your next brushing. It’s little additions to your routine like this that can make a big difference in preventing cavities and gum disease.
We at Crown Hill Dental Care are eager to assist you in your endeavors to maintain a healthy mouth. Tell us about your daily homecare routine and we will provide tips and demonstrate techniques to make it more effective. As far as preventive care, we offer a number of services that we recommend you take advantage of regularly.
Preventive Dental ServicesMonitoring your dental health is our job and our passion, and as such we do our best to offer a wide variety of preventive dental services. Regular dental cleanings and exams are essential to optimal oral health. They give us a chance to evaluate any new or existing issues and address them while they are still manageable.
Fluoride treatments are a tremendously valuable tool to help strengthen and protect your teeth between visits. Fluoride strengthens areas of tooth enamel that have become weakened by cavity-causing bacteria. If you have a recent history of cavities or demonstrate risk factors for tooth decay we recommend an application of fluoride varnish following your cleaning.
Sealants are another great tool to prevent tooth decay. A dental sealant is a resin material that is applied to deep grooves and crevices of teeth in the back of your mouth. They act as a shield that prevents bacteria from attacking these cavity-prone areas.
Nightguards are a must for anyone who has issues with tooth grinding at night. Signs of tooth grinding are excessive wear on the chewing surfaces of your teeth, jaw pain, generalized tooth sensitivity, and/or headaches. A nightguard is an appliance similar to a mouthguard that "guards" your teeth from tooth-on-tooth grinding and thereby protects them from further damage. This appliance can also help eliminate the pain and sensitivity associated with nighttime grinding.
We encourage you to call us at (206) 204-9623 to schedule an exam and cleaning today. We can discuss any preventive measures that interest you, and can make recommendations based on your dental history and condition. We look forward to seeing you soon!