Preventative Dentistry for Good Long-Term Oral Health
Regular dental cleanings and checkups are key to good oral health for patients of all ages. Preventative dentistry services at our Brooklyn Heights, NY, practice can protect the health of your smile, and save you money on invasive corrective treatments over time. During a checkup with Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus, our team will provide a thorough cleaning, guide you in at-home care practices, and look for decay, periodontal disease, oral cancer, and other oral health issues.
Why Regular Cleanings and Exams?
Dental checkups and cleanings allow you to receive early, minimally invasive treatment and in some cases avoid many preventable conditions. Oral cancer screening, the most important first line of defense against the disease, is a customary part of your routine checkup. A routine cleaning also removes tartar and plaque buildup, which can only be removed professionally. This process can save you money and time in the future since tartar can eventually cause gingivitis and damage the teeth, leading to cavities and possible tooth loss.
It is not just your teeth that suffers with the onset of oral health conditions. Gum disease has been tied to serious systemic health problems, like heart disease and certain cancers. To ensure your optimal health, it is recommended that you see your dentist at least twice a year for a routine cleaning and exam.
What to Expect During Your Appointment
One of our dental hygienists will perform a thorough dental cleaning that cannot be replicated with at-home routines. Small pockets between the teeth and gums create an ideal environment for bacteria to flourish. Even with the best brushing and flossing habits, these pockets cannot be cleaned at home with the same precision and depth as in your dentist’s office. Your treatment may include a fluoride rinse or dental sealants for extra strength and protection against decay.
Our team will also explain how to improve your daily oral hygiene routines and lifestyle habits to prevent cavities and gum disease.
After your cleaning, Dr. Stanislaus will conduct a thorough oral examination to detect the early signs of decay and gum disease. If any conditions are detected, an individualized treatment plan will be developed to tackle each issue. Our team will also explain how to improve your daily oral hygiene routines and lifestyle habits to prevent cavities and gum disease.
Additionally, any restorative work done, like dental crowns or bridges, will be checked for structural damage. Dr. Stanislaus will also assess your bite alignment to ensure you are not developing temporomandibular joint ( TMJ ) disorder. Finally, diagnostic x-rays will be taken once a year to further evaluate the health of your teeth and jaw.
Caring for Your Smile at Home
Generally, we recommend that patients floss at least once per day, and brush their teeth at least twice per day. Your dentist may suggest another plan based on the condition of your teeth and gums, or the presence of risk factors. Depending on your oral health, other preventative strategies may be recommended, such as:
- Prescription mouthwashes
- Mouth guards
- Dietary changes
- Smoking cessation programs
Our team will work with you to determine the best steps for achieving and maintaining optimal oral health.
Schedule a Checkup Today
Brooklyn Dental is proud to provide preventative dental care for your entire family. Contact us online today, or call us at (877) 738-9424 to schedule your appointment and protect your smile and oral health.