Preventative dentistry involves good at-home oral care habits, and regular dental cleanings and checkups in an attempt to keep disease and decay at bay. We educate our patients on proper brushing and flossing techniques, the importance of a healthy diet, and explain why regular dental visits are pivotal in preventing cavities and disease.
- Bacterial Cavity Screening
- Professional Hygiene Appointment
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Dental Sealants
Bacterial Cavity Screening
By determining your risk for tooth decay based on a bacterial screening, Dr. LeVos tries to help you prevent caries disease before it is expressed as cavities. The test is fast, painless, and inexpensive. A sterile swab is used to collect a sample of the bacterial biofilm on your teeth. The sample is mixed with an enzyme and then read in a special photo spectrometer. This gives us a scientific measurement of your risk for tooth decay!
If you are at risk, he may suggest altering your oral hygiene routine and/or diet. We may also prescribe CariFree rinses, to lower the concentration of bad bacteria and raise the pH in your mouth. Also, your mouth will feel cleaner and fresher while using these rinses. Call today to schedule your checkup and bacterial cavity screening with Dr. LeVos.Let's get you scheduled
Professional Hygiene Appointments
Everyone over the age of four or five should visit the dentist for a professional hygiene appointment. The frequency of these appointments will be determined by your risk factors. For many, twice a year is adequate, while others may need three or fours times a year. Our gentle hygienist will evaluate your gums for periodontal disease, one of the leading causes of tooth loss for American adults. Our hygienist is specially trained to prevent and treat gum disease. We prefer to help you maintain optimal oral health so that you never have to worry about gum disease. However, if you have periodontal problems, we’re here to help you.
If we find cause for concern, we may recommend that you change your oral healthcare routine or the products you use at home. We may also suggest periodontal therapy, which may include:
- Scaling to remove tartar from below the gum line
- Root planing to smooth rough root surfaces where plaque builds up
- Arestin antibiotic treatment to reduce the bacterial infection
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer kills more people nationwide than either cervical or skin (melanoma) cancer. When oral cancer is detected in late stages, as is often the case, the five-year survivability drops to only 50 percent. One American dies every hour from oral cancer. The most common risk factors are tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and exposure to HPV-16 (human papilloma virus). The combination of smoking and drinking is the most dangerous. Some studies indicate heavy drinkers and smokers have as much as a 100-fold increase for developing oral cancers compared with those who don’t drink or smoke. Some other risk factors include prolonged sunlight exposure and a diet low in fruits and vegetables.Learn more about oral cancer screenings
Many people have deep pits and grooves in their teeth where bacteria and food particles can hide and cause decay. Cavities can start to form in these hard-to-clean grooves. Dental sealants provide a protective resin coating that reduces the risk of decay on the chewing surfaces of teeth. Sealants create a physical barrier to plaque, making them highly effective in preventing tooth decay in pits and grooves. The American Dental Association recognizes dental sealants as a key means of cavity prevention.
Sealants are relatively inexpensive, especially compared to the cost of a filling. They can be placed quickly and painlessly. Many insurance companies recognize the preventive value of sealants. Ask us about dental sealants for you and your kids today!Let's get you scheduled