Preventative dentistry is the dental specialization that prevents dental issues by helping keep your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth healthy. Consequently, it helps you avoid the need for future dental works that can be pretty uncomfortable and expensive. These preventive procedures include routine cleaning and tooth maintenance before cavities and tooth decay can gain a foothold in your oral cavity. At Ryan Rush DDS PLLC in Fort Collins, CO 80526, we will work with you to ensure your smile is healthy and vibrant, as well as teach you proper home care dental hygiene practices.
What Is Preventative Care?
Preventive dentistry can also be regarded as a set of procedures performed to prevent tooth decay and address other diseases in their initial stages. Preventive treatment aims to keep your oral health as vigorous as possible and help maintain your natural teeth for life.
What Are Some Preventive Dentistry Procedures?
Dental cleanings are vital to ensure a disease-free mouth. No amount of brushing at home can take the place of a dentist scaling and planing the plaque and tartar from your teeth, especially in hard-to-reach areas near the gum line.
Dental X-rays help dentists identify signs of disease not visible to the naked eye. With the latest CAT scans able to produce 3D images of your teeth, jaw, and mouth, diagnosing tooth decay, gum disease, bone volume and density, and tumors has become easier and more precise.
These transparent plastic coatings help fill the tiny grooves in back teeth so they do not become a breeding ground for bacteria. They prevent cavities from developing and the need for fillings later on.
Fluoride is part of the teeth's mineral structure, thus making them stronger and more decay-resistant. Fluoride can even reverse the formation of tiny cavities. But if you do not get sufficient fluoride from your drinking water and toothpaste, it can be applied to your teeth directly at our dental office.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer is a disease that affects not only lifelong smokers but also non-smokers. Hence an early diagnosis of oral cancer will help treat the condition before it advances further. Oral cancer screenings can be undertaken as part of a routine dental exam.
Gum Disease Screening
This screening involves evaluating your gums and the bone around your teeth for any signs of gum disease. A small stick-like device called a periodontal probe is used to perform this test by measuring pocket depth. If the pocket depth measures between one to three millimeters, the gum is healthy. But if the probe measures more significant numbers, those may be pockets of infection that need treatment.
Periodontal maintenance is a deep cleaning therapy performed to clean the teeth comprehensively. Deep cleaning is performed to prevent the progression of periodontal disease.
Dr. Ryan Rush can help provide solutions that will improve your oral health. Call Ryan Rush, DDS PLLC, Dentist Fort Collins CO at (970) 223-5393 to schedule an appointment if you need preventive services.