Preventive Dentistry in Swanton, OH
Preventive dentistry refers to the practice of maintaining good oral health to prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems. Preventive dentistry can not only reduce your risk of serious oral health problems but also help you avoid extensive and expensive dental treatments in the future.
Dental Health Associates wants to be your partner in good oral health. Our dentists offer a number of preventive dental services to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums for years to come.
At-Home Oral Hygiene
Good oral health begins at home. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing between each tooth and along the gum line once a day. For best results, we recommend brushing and flossing with a toothbrush and floss that have the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. Using the right toothpaste and other products at home makes all the difference as well. Dental Health Associates offers CariFree pH products that have been clinically proven to help prevent cavities and tooth decay. Based on your needs, we may recommend a number of products to enhance your at-home oral hygiene, including toothpastes, fluoride rinses and xylitol gum.
Good oral hygiene also includes good lifestyle habits such as not smoking and following a healthy diet. Our team can make dietary recommendations upon evaluating your oral health.
Dental exams are crucial for early prevention, detection and treatment of dental health issues. Upon examining your teeth, gums and mouth, we will have a better understanding of your oral health needs. We may also make suggestions on how to improve your at-home oral hygiene or make recommendations for treatment, based on what we find. The ADA recommends both children and adults get their teeth examined by their dentist every six months.
Routine Hygiene Visit at Dental Health Associates
During your dental hygiene visit, we will thoroughly clean your teeth and gums, paying special attention to the areas that cannot be reached with regular brushing and flossing. Hygiene visits are typically performed during the same appointment as your dental exam.
In-office fluoride treatments help strengthen teeth and reduce the risk of tooth decay. Fluoride treatments are often recommended for children but can also be beneficial for adults with a higher risk of dental issues.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are placed on the grooves (chewing surfaces) of teeth. This helps prevent tooth decay from accumulating in the nooks and crannies of your teeth. Dental sealants are an effective and inexpensive way that can help you avoid more extensive and costly treatment in the future.
The more a patient understands the importance of good oral health, the more likely they will take steps to maintain good oral hygiene. At Dental Health Associates, we take patient education very seriously. During your visit, we can provide in-depth instructions or reading materials on how to practice good oral health habits. Don’t hesitate to ask us any questions!
To learn more about our preventive dental services, please schedule an appointment with Dental Health Associates today.