What is Preventative Dentistry?
The name says it all. We do everything we can to prevent serious dental problems from ever occurring. Some of the most common preventative dental services we provide at Chappaqua Dentistry include:
Millions of Americans suffer serious dental problems each year because they do not see their dentist the recommended two times per year. Many people don’t know how to practice excellent oral hygiene at home. So many dental problems can be avoided or minimized with preventative dental care at your Westchester dentist’s office and guidance for at-home care.
More About Preventative Dentistry
Dental cleanings, x-rays, and oral cancer screening are easy to understand, but you may wonder how mouthguards and dental sealants serve as preventative dentistry measures.
If you’ve heard of TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), you know that it causes many painful symptoms that affect several parts of the body. Nighttime teeth grinding and sports injuries can leave you with serious dental problems, including TMJ. We may recommend mouthguards that help prevent the grinding and clenching of your teeth or a mouthguard for sports.
A mouth guard sold at your local pharmacy cannot provide the teeth and jaw alignment that a custom-made mouth guard does. While store-bought mouthguards are more affordable, they can cause your jaw to become misaligned, leading to TMJ disorder.
Dental sealants are non-toxic plastic coatings painted directly onto your teeth, creating a protective barrier between your teeth and bacteria. They will prevent tooth decay and discoloration, and sealants last many years. When dental sealants are infused with fluoride, they strengthen your underlying enamel while preventing tooth decay. Both children and adults can benefit from dental sealants, and the process is quick and affordable.
You may be surprised to learn that you’ve been brushing and flossing ineffectively for decades. Westchester dentist Dr. Steven Brisman believes patient education is crucial to preventative dental care. He and his team will teach you proper brushing and flossing methods and help you understand how certain lifestyle habits may damage your oral health. His goal is not to lecture you or reprimand you but to teach you as much as possible to ensure the longevity of your teeth and gums.
Schedule Your Preventative Dentistry Appointment Today
Benjamin Franklin said beautifully: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Schedule your new patient evaluation at Chappaqua Dentistry today by calling (914) 238-8200, or you may fill out our online contact form. One of our dental team members will reach out to answer questions or help you with scheduling.