At Hurley Family Dentistry, LLC, preventative care is the foundation on which we’ve built our practice. While we have the skills and expertise to treat emergencies, perform root canals, and place beautiful crowns, diligent preventative care will reduce the likelihood that you’ll need one of these treatments in your future, saving you time, money, and potential discomfort.
Comfortable, Comprehensive Cleanings
Brushing twice daily and flossing once a day as recommended is a great start and will help to eliminate the majority of the plaque that accumulates on your teeth. Toothbrushes and dental floss do have their limitations, however. Even with the best home care, plaque has a tendency to remain hidden between your teeth and just beneath the gumline. If you have any misalignments, these areas are especially vulnerable, too.
Your hygienist will take the time to carefully seek out every last deposit of plaque and tartar (calcified plaque that can only be removed with professional instruments). These cleanings, performed twice each year, give you a fresh start and are the key to preventing cavities and gum disease.
You and your hygienist will also have the opportunity to review your home care routine and look for areas of possible improvement. Plus, during your cleaning, your hygienist will watch for any signs of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, and we take it very seriously here at Hurley Family Dentistry, LLC. Recently, periodontal disease (which is also often referred to as gum disease) was linked to other serious chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease.
Almost one in two American adults has some level of gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. If you do not have gum disease, a good home care routine and regular professional cleanings can help prevent it from developing. If gum disease has already developed, catching and treating it early will prevent it from progressing and causing serious damage to your periodontal tissue.
Fluoride and Sealants
In addition to your regular cleanings, we can provide you with quick and easy preventative treatments that will continue to protect your teeth long after you leave our office.
Fluoride, for instance, is a naturally occurring mineral that has been found to strengthen your enamel and significantly reduce the incidence of cavities. We will apply a thin varnish of fluoride following your cleaning. The varnish hardens immediately, and you will be able to eat and drink right after your cleaning.
Sealants are another great option for preventing cavities. Each sealant is a thin coating that is brushed over the back teeth and then cured to harden. This coating seals off the deep grooves of these teeth where decay-causing bacteria tend to lurk. Most children can benefit from sealants once their molars come in, as can adults who are prone to cavities in the back teeth.
Schedule Your Preventative Appointment Today!
At Hurley Family Dentistry, LLC, we provide reliable, high quality care for the entire family. We love building relationships with our patients, and we will always take the time to discuss your options with you so you can make informed choices about your care.
We can’t wait to get to know you, so give our Chesterfield dental office a call and we’ll help you get started!