Preventive Dental Care
Preventative Dental Care in West Caldwell
Thorough Oral Examination
When you have a dental appointment, Dr. DalBon will conduct a comprehensive oral examination that will include the following:
~Oral Cancer Screening: The dentist will examine your neck, lips, tongue, face, throat, gums, and tissues for possible evidence of oral cancer.
~Diagnostic x-rays (radiograph): Sometimes, x-rays may be necessary to detect tumors, cysts, decay, and bone loss. Dentists also use x-rays during surgeries to discover root and tooth locations.
~Examination for gum diseases: Dr. DalBon or his hygienist will check the gums and bones surrounding the teeth for any evidence of periodontal diseases.
~Checking current restorations: If you have had fillings, crowns, or implants, Dr. DalBon will check their condition for possible defects.
Oral Hygiene and Cleaning
Preventative dental treatment also entails dental cleaning, and usually include:
~Plaque removal: Plaque is a muggy, pale film formed from the combination of bacteria, food remains, and saliva. The bacteria are toxic and potentially cause cavities and gum inflammation unless removed.
~Elimination of calculus (tartar): tartar is a calcified plaque that builds up on the surface of the tooth. It usually forms below or above the gum line and can only be cleaned with specialized dental tools.
~Teeth polishing: Polishing, when done by an expert dentist helps get rid of stains and plaques that exist on the teeth to give your teeth a cleaner appearance.
Placement of Dental Sealants
A dental sealant is a thin sheet of plastic placed on the grooves of the teeth, usually the back teeth since they are used more for chewing. The sealant shields the teeth from food debris and bacteria responsible for tooth cavities. If applied appropriately, dental sealants can protect your teeth from decay.
Dental sealant placement only takes about 30 minutes. Dr. DalBon will clean your teeth thoroughly using a dental laser to remove stains and prepare the tooth surfaces which are to be sealed.
When the teeth surface is dry, the sealant will be applied to the grooves. Using a special light, Dr. DalBon will proceed to harden the sealant to fuse it solidly to the teeth for maximum protection.
Home Care Education
Home care is necessary for preventing oral health conditions. Oral health is essential for your overall health. Dr. DalBon or his hygienist will inform you during your appointments of what home care measures you should take towards ensuring optimal oral hygiene.
Fluoride fortifies the teeth through remineralization, where minerals fuse to deteriorating areas of the tooth enamel. It also interrupts the production of acids by bacteria, to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is an economical way of maintaining oral health to avoid expensive procedures in the future.