Protect Your Smile With Preventative Dentistry
Whether your beautiful smile is all-natural or you’ve invested in state of the art cosmetic dentistry, there’s a lot riding on your smile. Your confidence, your overall health, and even your finances are directly influenced by the status of your smile.
Dr. Richard Sousa, your dentist serving Manhasset, is dedicated to helping you protect your smile. With proper care and the appropriate use of preventative dentistry, you can expect to enjoy your smile for a lifetime. Gone are the days when adults could expect to lose their teeth to gum disease and cavities. Today, a dental philosophy centered on prevention can help to preserve your teeth for the entire duration of your life.
Essentially, preventative dentistry is the use of minimally invasive dental practices designed to prevent or reduce the risk of various dental diseases. Some of these measures can be implemented as early as the childhood years. The introduction of fluoride, both systemic and topical, can significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay in children. Studies have shown that fluoride plays an important role in tooth development as well as remineralizing weakened enamel.
Sealants, a protective coating that seals the grooves and crevices on the biting surfaces of the back teeth, can prevent decay for both children and adults.
Routine dental visits and oral hygiene instructions are also critical components of preventive dentistry. Appropriate patient education, dental x-rays, and periodontal examinations can effectively identify and treat various dental conditions as soon as possible, preventing them from progressing to the point of damage or discomfort.
Mouthguards bite splints, and night guards are useful for protecting your teeth from excessive forces such as clenching or grinding, as well as damage from contact sports like football, basketball, or boxing. These appliances are highly effective for preventing chipped teeth, fractured restorations, and other trauma to the teeth. Reducing these unnecessary forces can also prevent bone loss and gum recession, two irreversible signs of gum disease.
Your dentist cares about your health and is committed to protecting your smile. By providing a variety of preventive procedures, your dentist is able to customize your preventive dental regimen to meet your individual needs.
To discuss the methods of prevention that are best for you, call the office of Dr. Sousa at 516-484-6600 and schedule your next exam.
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