A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet! It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth. Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.
Do I really need to have my teeth professionally cleaned?
Yes. Even if you brush and floss after every meal and before bed, bacteria-harboring plaque can accumulate in the tiniest crevices, grooves and pits. Overtime, the teeth will begin to decay in those areas, which may result in pain and partial or total tooth loss.
What should I expect at my cleaning and exam consultation?
Your cleaning and consultation will consist of a visible examination of the teeth and gums. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you may also require x-rays for a more comprehensive view of your teeth. You’ll also consult with Dr. Epstein about any oral health problems you may have been having or questions that you may have. The cleaning will follow, during which we will use special instruments to remove hardened plaque from your teeth. Finally, your teeth will be polished before Dr. Epstein discusses any treatment recommendations he may have for you.
What types of guidelines should I follow after my visit?
In between dental cleanings and consultations, be sure to maintain good oral habits at home. This includes daily flossing and brushing after meals. It’s also important to use a fluoridated toothpaste.
Ask us about Dr. Epstein's Sandblasting Technique!
This is a procedure that uses air pressure to deliver a controlled stream of specially processed powders in a slurry through the hand piece nozzle. Fine particles of powder are propelled by compressed air and directed onto the surfaces of the teeth. This pressurized jet of air and powder removes surface stains, biofilm, plaque and other soft deposits such as food particles trapped between the teeth.