Preventive Dentistry Can Reduce Your Risk of Cavities and More
Proper dental care requires routine cleanings and exams in addition to regular at-home oral hygiene. At Dearborn Family Dentistry, our doctors use modern techniques and cutting-edge technology during every biannual visit. In this way, Drs. Mark Luria, Mohanad Ballani, and Rena Allswang can help you and your loved ones maintain the best possible oral health. Thanks to preventive dentistry at our Livonia, MI, practice, we can often lower your risk for cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. When these conditions do occur, we can treat them in the early stages, providing more conservative care to protect your smile. As a true family practice, we understand the particular dental needs for patients of all ages and offer appropriate, customized treatments.
At-Home Dental Care
Good oral care begins at home with daily maintenance. When you come in for your visits, our team can review your hygiene routine with you and instruct you on proper brushing and flossing techniques. Proper at-home protocols include:
- Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush
- Flossing at least once a day
- Avoiding foods and drinks that can cause lingering stains, such as tomato sauce, berries, wine, and coffee
- Avoiding sugary foods, which can lead to decay
- Not smoking, since this habit can increase your risk for gum disease and oral cancer
- Drinking moderately
Preventive Care at Dearborn Family Dentistry
Of course, even if you practice exceptional oral hygiene, you still need to visit the dentist once every six months to ensure good oral health. Routine exams and cleanings are the fundamental components of preventive dentistry. At each biannual appointment, your hygienist will carefully and gently scale away any bacteria, plaque, or tartar in hard-to-reach places on your teeth. Then Drs. Luria or Dr. Allswang will evaluate your teeth and gums. He or she will look for lesions on your soft tissues, enamel erosion or cavities, gum inflammation, and soft tissue recession. We will also take digital x-rays once per year to find any hidden decay. Finally, your exam will conclude with an oral cancer screening. During this step, your dentist will evaluate your gums, soft palate, tongue, lips, and the roof of your mouth. He or she will check for sores, white or red patches, and other cancer symptoms.
Regular visits can often stop decay and gum disease before they start. Nonetheless, we offer comprehensive care and can treat these conditions if they do arise. For example, if you are suffering from gum disease, we can perform scaling and planing to eradicate oral bacteria. We may also recommend teeth whitening for minor to moderate external stains.
Even if you practice exceptional oral hygiene, you still need to visit the dentist once every six months to ensure good oral health.
At Dearborn Family Dentistry, we treat patients of all ages. We can teach children how to care for their teeth properly, often preventing decay and gum disease well into adulthood. We also offer dental sealants and can perform wisdom tooth extractions and standard extractions. Often, tooth removal can prevent misalignment and problems with developing teeth. Finally, we are familiar with the unique health concerns that older patients face. Through regular care, we can often help them avoid tooth loss, but if it does occur, we can create lifelike restorations in our on-site lab. These prosthetics can improve overall oral health and function, and they can help patients feel confident about their appearance.
Why Biannual Dental Visits Are Essential
If you are not suffering from any discomfort, visiting the dentist may not seem like a priority. However, preventive care is vital if you want to avoid dental pain and retain all of your healthy teeth. Routine cleanings can eliminate harmful substances that you cannot remove on your own. Additionally, biannual appointments will allow us to look for any health conditions that do exist so we can address them with more conservative care. Thus, we can prevent the need for restorative treatment, saving you time, money, and stress in the long run.
Protect Your Smile
Take steps to ensure your lasting oral health. Call our office at (313) 565-5507 or contact us online today to schedule your biannual appointment.