Preventative Care in Doylestown, PA
We are committed to helping you achieve great oral health by keeping your teeth and gums healthy, free of disease and decay. By following a preventative approach to dental care, we can minimize the likelihood of major dental treatment in the future.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, periodontal disease (gum disease) affects one out of two Americans aged 30 and over. It can lead to significant oral health problems and is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
Studies have established a link between the health of your gum tissue and the health of your body. Preventative treatments, routine checkups, and cleanings with the Doylestown Dental Group can help stop the development or progression of periodontal disease.
Identifying Your Risk
In order to provide the appropriate treatments that will protect your oral health, we will perform a risk assessment. During this exam, one of our trained hygienists will evaluate your oral health habits and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.
Helping you understand the importance of prevention is an important part of the service we provide. Our dental hygienists excel at patient education and will suggest simple steps you can take to keep your teeth healthy.
Recommendations may include the application of fluoride to maintain strong teeth. The use of dental sealants is another effective procedure that can be applied to healthy teeth to prevent future dental decay.
Treating Periodontal Disease
Bacteria-filled plaque is a sticky film that coats your teeth and builds up between your teeth and under your gums. Your body’s response to these bacteria causes your gums to become red and inflamed. If not treated, the infection will spread and eventually cause your gums to recede, potentially leading to tooth loss.
If we find periodontal disease in its earliest stages, a thorough cleaning may be sufficient to remove the infection. Our hygienist may also recommend more frequent cleanings to stay one step ahead of the disease.
Severe periodontal infections may require us to perform a procedure known as deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing. This treatment involves gently removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line and smoothing root surfaces to inhibit the growth of bacteria.
At-home oral hygiene is still your first line of prevention, but even your best brushing and flossing efforts are not sufficient to remove all the plaque and tartar that rests on your teeth. Establishing a balance of at-home and professional care is the easiest way to accomplish your dental health goals.
Our hygiene team has extensive training and experience, and we are here to answer any questions and provide guidance. Take the next step toward a healthy, disease-free mouth and contact Doylestown Dental Group to arrange your next dental exam and cleaning.