Preventive dentistry seeks to eliminate, reduce and minimize the need for invasive dental treatments. There are three facets of preventive dentistry- prevention from getting dental diseases (cavities/gum disease), treating the disease as non-invasive as possible, and avoiding the return of the disease. Prevention should begin when we are children.
Sealing and Protecting Your Teeth
Dental Sealants, or Pit and Fissure Sealants, are plastic, tooth-coloured coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where pit and fissures form. A sealant protects the enamel from bacterial plaque in these cavity-prone areas. Usually sealants are applied to a child's teeth as soon as they are fully erupted, before the decay process can begin.
Fluoride is a mineral which can harden small imperfections in the tooth enamel. Fluoride is a safe and effective means of fighting and preventing tooth decay, and it can actually make teeth stronger!
If your child is prone to tooth decay, then a topical fluoride treatment will be applied after your child has received a professional cleaning. A fluoride gel/foam is placed in mouth trays and inserted into the child's mouth over the teeth for a few minutes. Your child will not be able to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes following a fluoride treatment, to allow for optimum absorption.
Caring For Your Teeth At Home
Nutrition plays a key component in the link between oral health and systemic health. If the body is deficient in essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids the body's ability to fight infection is weakened. A poor diet will weaken the immune system, making the patient more susceptible to infection and disease, including periodontal disease (gum disease). The dental hygienists at our office provide nutritional counseling as part of your appointment.
A regular home care of brushing and flossing, visiting the dental office, applying dental sealants and using topical fluoride can help assure the prevention of cavities (caries).
Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, does not usually cause harm when done occasionally. But if it occurs on a regular basis, then the teeth can be worn down, the jaw muscles and joint become overused and sore, and in some instances a dull, constant headache occurs.
Teeth grinding usually occurs at night while people sleep. For some, it can occur during the day if it caused by stress and anxiety. For others, it is caused by an abnormal bite, missing or crooked teeth. It can result in tooth fractures, tooth chipping, receding gums, periodontal disease and even wearing the teeth down.
If you think you may be grinding your teeth, speak to our staff, as we can examine your mouth for signs of bruxism. Dr.Gosain can fit you with a custom mouth guard that will protect your teeth and jaws from the negative effects of grinding.