Preventive dentistry aims to avoid the onset of oral conditions even before they occur by taking the necessary measures. It keeps you from enduring a whole lot of pain and discomfort and also saves you a lot of money, which you could have been spending on getting the oral conditions treated. Some of the popular procedures performed under preventive care are dental sealants, oral cleaning, oral cancer screening, salivary diagnosis, fluoride treatment, etc.
What are dental sealants?
Have you noticed that a lot of food debris tends to get stuck on the occlusal grooves present on the molars and premolars? Over time, microbes can get lodged in these grooves and lead to cavities. The best and foolproof way to prevent this is using dental sealants. They are made from tooth-colored acrylic, applied on the occlusal grooves, and shaped accordingly. They completely prevent the microbes and food residues from getting accumulated, thus eliminating the chances of developing cavities.
Oral cleaning is a simple yet highly effective preventive measure that avoids the onset of cavities and gum diseases. Oral cleaning involves scaling and root planing procedures, which are performed to remove the tartar deposits from the teeth and tooth roots, respectively. We use an ultrasonic scaling appliance for this purpose, making the procedure painless, quick, convenient, and effective.
Oral cancer screening
Oral cancer is most often caused due to the use of tobacco and related products. It has claimed numerous lives in the past, making it one of the most prominent types of cancer. Getting oral cancer screened and diagnosed during the early stages may help to prevent it from becoming severe. We use sophisticated dental equipment to detect the presence of oral cancer, and if confirmed, we will suggest further treatment.
Fluoride treatment is conducted to increase the content of fluoride in the teeth, which is an essential mineral that enhances your teeth’s resistance to cavities and damage. We carry out this procedure by applying a topical fluoride gel on the teeth and allowing it to stay on the surface for a few minutes before rinsing it.
Please request an appointment online or call us at 507-387-2255 and a member of our staff will be happy to help you.