Regular examinations at Sussex Dental are essential to promoting good oral and dental health by detecting problems before they get worse, or preventing them altogether. Below are some of the preventive services that our practice offers.
Taking care of your mouth is important for preventing serious oral health issues. To maintain your oral health, it is necessary to brush and floss your teeth every day. These habits are imperative for prevention of issues like tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. While these habits are important, however, they are only a part of maintaining optimal oral health. At Sussex Dental, we can help you to keep your mouth healthy and prevent serious issues with preventative services.
Cleanings and ExamsIt is recommended that you have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined every six months in addition to brushing and flossing your teeth every day. Cleanings are essential for eliminating all buildup from the surfaces of your teeth, including plaque, bacteria, and stubborn tartar. We can clean even the spaces that you may not be able to clean on your own. These cleanings are designed to help prevent the formation of oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease.
Dental exams are performed to detect oral health issues in their earliest stages. The early stages of many oral health concerns do not exhibit any symptoms. You may not know that anything is wrong until the condition has progressed into something more serious. By detecting issues early, we can provide you with the treatments you need to restore the health of your mouth before something more serious develops. Read more about Professional Cleanings & Comprehensive Exams.
Fluoride and Sealants.Fluoride and sealants are two preventative treatments that can be provided to help you further protect your teeth from the formation of decay and cavities. Fluoride treatments involve the application of a fluoride gel to the surfaces of your teeth. After the teeth have been cleaned, the gel is applied to their surfaces. The gel does not need to be washed off or removed in any way. The fluoride in the gel goes to work remineralizing the teeth, strengthening the enamel and helping it to defend your teeth against acid attacks.
Sealants are a treatment provided to protect the chewing surfaces of your molars. These surfaces contain deep crevices, which can easily trap bacteria and food particles and they can also be very difficult to keep clean, no matter how often you brush. Sealants, which are made up of plastic, cover over these vulnerable surfaces, preventing food particles and bacteria from getting trapped. They also help to make your molars easier to keep clean. While both fluoride and sealants aid in preventing cavities, they are only effective when used in conjunction with regular dental care. Read more about Sealants & Fluoride.
Night GuardsBruxism (teeth grinding) can cause moderate to severe long-term damage to teeth. Constant grinding wears down the surface of the tooth, exposing the soft dentin beneath the enamel. This is why it's important to protect your teeth while you sleep by wearing a bite guard.
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Gum Disease TreatmentGum disease is a common oral health condition that only gets worse the longer it goes untreated. What starts as redness and irritation of the gums eventually turns into gum recession, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. Regular brushing and flossing, as well as professional cleanings and exams, are essential for preventing this issue from developing. Being lax in your oral care can quickly increase your risk. If your mouth has been affected by gum disease, we can provide you with the treatment you need to restore your oral health. The type of treatment you receive depends upon the severity of your condition. Treatments for gum disease include:
With preventative dental services, we can help you to prevent serious oral health issues from developing, allowing you to maintain your healthy, beautiful smile. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Sussex Dental at (262) 246-2232 today.