A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Preventative Dentistry At Home
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
Why Is Proper Dental Care Important?
Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.
Preventative Dental Services At Peters Dental Associates
Dental Exams and Cleanings
Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth. Your regular twice-yearly dental visits include diagnostic X-rays, oral cancer screenings, evaluation of gum disease, and a professional dental cleaning. A registered dental hygienist handles the dental cleaning, also known as a dental prophylaxis procedure.
Peters Dental Associates believes in the highest standards of dental x-ray hygiene. Dr. Peters has invested heavily in the most modern dental x-ray equipment available. Our 3D scanner reveals aspects of dento/facial anatomy never seen before in dental offices, while reducing the x-ray emission to very low levels. Dr. Peters reviews this scan in great detail with each patient. This image, combined with 4 very low dose digital bitewing images, gives Dr. Peters all the diagnostic information needed at the first appointment.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer includes cancer of the lips, tongue, cheeks, the floor of the mouth, and hard palate. While it accounts for less than 5% of all cancers in the U.S., oral cancer can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. Oral cancer is the #11 cause of cancer mortality. At Peters Dental Associates, we make oral cancer screening an integral part of every patient visit to our Clear Lake, TX office.
Bruxism, or the forceful grinding or clenching of teeth, can cause several dental problems over time, both aesthetic and functional. The grinding action of the upper and lower teeth can cause excessive tooth wear, flattening the teeth and making them sensitive to temperature. Teeth may become cracked, exposing the nerve; bruxism can also lead to receding gums and tooth loss. Once the damage has been done, you will need dental restorations such as crowns, veneers, implants, bridges, root canals, or tooth extractions. Bruxism can also cause migraines and pain in the neck, ears, shoulders, and back.