Good oral hygiene, comprising brushing and flossing daily, can help prevent tooth loss, but by themselves, they are not enough to prevent tooth loss. At Torbram Dental, we encourage our patients to follow multiple prevention methods to sport healthy teeth and gums and prevent tooth loss. Let’s look at what you can do today to help save your teeth.
How would a dental cleaning act as a prevention method regarding saving a tooth?
Even with daily brushing and flossing, bacteria, tartar, and plaque can continue to build up. That can cause dental caries and gum disease, which can cause tooth loss and other health problems. What you need is a thorough dental cleaning every six months by a dental hygienist or dentist.
A dental cleaning removes bacteria, tartar, and plaque buildup from teeth surfaces. It also consists of thoroughly examining your teeth and gums to identify or diagnose cavities, gum diseases, and other oral health problems early so treatment can start immediately. We will also take x-rays and might even conduct an oral cancer screening if you are at risk of developing oral cancer.
At Torbram Dental, we perform three types of cleaning:
Prophylaxis dental cleaning is a routine cleaning performed on patients who have regular dental cleaning (every six months), practice regular oral hygiene habits, and have healthy gums and teeth.
Scaling and root planing involve deep cleaning. It is performed on patients who have gum disease or are at risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, or tooth loss.
Gross debridement is conducted on patients who have not had a dental cleaning procedure performed in over a year. Gross debridement can even be performed on damaged teeth to save them.
Dental sealants and fluoride treatments
What is a dental sealant, and what is a fluoride treatment – what is the difference
Our teeth have grooves where tiny particles of food and bacteria can get trapped and cause cavities over time. A dental sealant is a shield coating that is thinly applied on the molars’ surfaces to block germs and food and help prevent tooth decay. A sealant can decrease the occurrence of tooth decay by 80% for two years and 50% of tooth decay for up to four years.
Dental sealants are often applied when a molar erupts or if the dentist notices a problem area on the biting surface of a particular tooth.
Weakened tooth enamel can make your teeth more susceptible to bacteria and tooth decay. Fluoride treatment can help your body utilize minerals like calcium and phosphate and repair and strengthen weakened tooth enamel.
Fluoride treatment is excellent for adults and children with a moderate/high risk of developing cavities.
Why is emergency dentistry considered a preventive method when it comes to saving a tooth/teeth?
Emergency dentistry is concerned with dental emergencies that require immediate attention. For example, injuries to the teeth and gums can cause excruciating pain, and nerves or blood vessels could be damaged or infected, leading to tooth loss. An emergency dentist can save a tooth if treatment begins within a few hours of the injury.
It’s important to know what types of emergency dentistry treatments your dentist offers to repair and restore teeth.
Our emergency dentist might be able to save your tooth if you have a knocked-out tooth, a cracked or broken tooth, an infected tooth, or a tooth lost due to trauma or periodontal disease.
You must take any dental emergency seriously and seek immediate medical attention to better your chances of saving your tooth/teeth.
Brushing and flossing alone cannot guarantee tooth loss. Dental cleaning, sealants, and fluoride treatments are preventative measures to help save your teeth. Although not entirely a preventive method, immediate medical attention from an emergency dentist can also help save a tooth.