Knowledge is power, and this is as true of preventive dentistry as it is of anything else. So if you’re going to be heading to Walton Family Dentistry or another dentist in Bardstown for a routine preventive cleaning, we recommend that you take the opportunity to ask a few questions about your dental health. Here are a few suggestions from our team.
Even if you don’t currently have gingivitis or a cavity, your dentist will be able to assess your oral health thoroughly, and determine if you’re at risk of developing an oral disease in the future.
For example, if your gums are slightly inflamed, your dentist may recommend you brush them thoroughly, and floss more frequently to eliminate the risk of developing gum disease. Knowing what oral health issues can affect your mouth will help you take the appropriate preventive steps.
Even if you’re doing a good job of brushing and flossing at home, your dentist may have some suggestions that can help improve your oral health, such as using an antibacterial mouthwash or brushing more frequently.
Your dentist may also be able to recommend improvements in your technique for brushing and flossing, which can help you do a better job of taking care of your teeth.
It may be a good idea to discuss your diet with your dentist, particularly if you eat a lot of sugary foods or drink beverages like sweetened coffee and tea, cocktails, soda, or energy drinks regularly.
Your dentist can help you understand the impact of your diet on your teeth and gums, and provide you with suggestions to improve both your oral health and your overall health.
Fluoride treatments may be useful if you’re cavity-prone, or if your dentist notices very early stage decay in one or more teeth. This procedure involves painting a fluoride-rich gel onto your teeth to strengthen and remineralize the enamel.
Dental sealants are also a good option for preventing cavities in the rear teeth. In this procedure, your dentist will cover your rear teeth with a transparent dental resin, which will be hardened into a strong barrier using a UV light. This prevents direct contact with oral bacteria, acid, and food particles, eliminating the risk of developing a cavity for up to 10 years.
Usually, you’ll need to have teeth cleanings every six months. However, your dentist may recommend you come in more or less frequently depending on your oral health. Some patients may only need one cleaning a year, while others may need to see the dentist every three months.
If you’re overdue for an appointment in Bardstown and you’re looking for a new preventive dentist, Dr. Michael Walton is here to help. To get a consultation at our office, just give us a call at (502) 350-1151, or contact us online. We’re always accepting new patients, so get started right away.