Bruce E. Howell, DDS
Longmont Family Dentist
Longmont, CO 80501
Preventive Dentistry is the practice of keeping healthy mouth. This practice helps to avoid gum disease, cavities, plagues, tooth loss. Preventive dentistry can be practiced in the form of daily brushing and annual dental cleanings. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are clean, strong, and white. Preventive dentistry is the modern way of helping you keep a healthy mouth. It helps you to keep your teeth, and means you need to have less dental treatment. The two main causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. The better you prevent or deal with these two problems, the more chance you will have of keeping your teeth for life.
Good oral health enhances our ability to speak, smile, eat, and show our emotions through facial expressions. And preventive oral health habits -- such as regular dental care and good oral hygiene -- developed early in life can lead to better overall oral health throughout a person's life.
Preventive dentistry procedures range from the most basic services that have been used successfully for decades, to recent technological innovations. These procedures include:
Cleanings This is where dental health starts. There's just no substitute for physically removing disease-causing dental plaque and calculus (tartar) from your teeth especially in hard-to-reach areas near the gum line. That's why regular professional cleanings are so important to your health.
Dental Sealants These invisible plastic coatings fill the tiny grooves in back teeth so they do not become havens for bacteria. They prevent cavities from forming and the need for fillings later on.
Fluoride This mineral is readily incorporated into the teeth's mineral structure, thereby making them stronger and more decay-resistant. Fluoride can even reverse tiny cavities that are starting to form. If you are not getting enough from your toothpaste and drinking water, it can be applied directly to your teeth at the dental office.
Mouthguards Athletic mouthguards are designed to absorb and distribute the forces of impact and minimize traumatic injury to both the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. The best ones are custom-made for you by your dentist.
Oral Cancer Screenings Your best chance of surviving oral cancer a disease that affects not only lifelong smokers but also young non-smokers is early detection and treatment. Oral cancer screenings are a routine part of every regular dental exam.
X-Rays For around a century, dentists have been using x-rays to reveal signs of disease not visible to the naked eye. X-rays are an indispensable tool to diagnose tooth decay, gum disease, bone density, bone volume and tumors.
Your Role in PreventionThere's one more extremely important component of preventive dentistry: you. The procedures mentioned above can only be effective if you come in to the dental office to take advantage of them. Likewise, the importance of maintaining a good oral hygiene routine at home cannot be overstated. Daily effective brushing and flossing will go a long way toward removing the dental plaque responsible for dental disease, tooth loss, and the need for more complex dental treatment.
You should see your dentist at least twice a year for an exam to check for any problems in the teeth or gums. If youre at a high risk for dental problems, youll likely benefit from more frequent dental visits. Dental cleanings and exams allow dentists to identify problems and take care of them right away.
Bruce E. Howell, DDSLongmont Area Family Dentist
2051 Terry Street, Suite F
Longmont, CO 80501
Our Hours:Monday: Varies
Tuesday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
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