Preventive dental care involves all the things that help to take care of and protect the health and strength of your gums and teeth. It involves oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing and seeing our dentist in Ballwin, MO regularly for checkups and cleanings to avoid dental disease. Additionally, preventive care emphasizes educating families and individuals on oral health-related aspects and how to keep strong, healthy gums and teeth.
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Bergman Family Dental realizes that without comprehensive and personalized preventive care, people will put their oral health in danger. We understand that you deserve to have a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile. It is for this reason that we provide preventive care as a line of defense in safeguarding your oral health. Our preventive care involves:
Early detection, as well as prevention, are crucial in minimizing the need to have more serious restorative treatments. The simple things we neglect, such as not brushing twice daily for two minutes a session, can contribute to severe dental issues such as infection, bone or nerve damage, and tooth loss. Not only that, infection from tooth disease is likely to spread and attack other body parts, causing health problems in your body.
As such, we advocate for regular trips to our dental clinic for routine checkups at least twice a year. Here, we can spot potential oral issues before they begin to take their toll on your dental health. We know that oral disease is easy to treat and manage when spotted early on before it advances. Our dentist inspects the mouth to look for cavities, gum disease, enamel erosion, and decay.
Dental cleanings, or prophylaxis, can help eradicate elements such as tartar, plaque, bacteria, and deposits or food particles in the mouth. Our dental hygienist will do dental cleanings during your routine visits to our clinic.
The cleanings involve scraping out plaque and tartar from the teeth, which you may have missed with your at-home oral hygiene, a process known as scaling. We also do root planing, in which case, we push aside the gum tissue to expose the root surfaces and then clean and smoothen them to discourage the bacterial plaque and tartar from building up.
Your periodontal (gum) tissues are just as important as your teeth. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Periodontal disease is the result of an infection in the gum tissues, connective ligaments, and eventually the alveolar bone.
The disease is characterized by gums that are swollen, red, and tend to bleed during brushing and flossing. Luckily, periodontal disease is easy to prevent and treat if it is caught early enough. If we notice signs of advanced periodontal disease, we may recommend a scaling and root planing procedure. The goal is to return your gums to a pink, healthy state.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found in many of our foods and beverages. It is also a useful tool in fighting tooth decay. Every day, our teeth lose and gain minerals through the processes of demineralization and remineralization. If the process of demineralization exceeds that of remineralization tooth decay will occur. Professional fluoride treatment allows us to supplement the process of remineralization and prevent potential decay. It can even reverse minor instances of decay. Fluoride treatment is particularly beneficial for patients at a greater risk of tooth decay, such as children, teens, and seniors.
A mouthguard will protect your teeth and prevent dental emergencies. If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), we may recommend a night guard. Many patients with bruxism tend to grind their teeth during sleep. A night guard acts as a barrier that prevents enamel wear.
Sleep apnea is characterized by the repeated cessation of breathing during sleep. There are three main types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and complex. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form caused by the relaxation of the muscles in the throat. We offer oral appliances to alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea. An oral appliance can provide you with safer and more restful sleep!
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), allows us to move our joint forwards, backward, and side-to-side. Any problems that prevent us from using this joint properly are known as TMD or temporomandibular joint disorders. We provide some treatments designed to alleviate any pain or discomfort associated with the TMJ.
We are dedicated to promoting and protecting your oral health by offering preventive dentistry in Ballwin, MO. Contact our dentist near you at Bergman Family Dental or give us a call at (636) 391-9666 to schedule an appointment.