Preventative dental treatments that everyone should do

Preventative oral treatments are absolutely necessary if you want to avoid dealing with major oral problems in the future. While everyone may think that brushing their teeth twice a day will do, the fact is that most people will need to take their oral care to the next level and ask their dentist to perform some of the following treatments regularly:

Cleanings and scaling

If you like having a fresh breath and a healthy mouth, cleaning and scaling are two dental services that you should always ask for every 6 months. Tartar leads to plaque gathering which is turn leads to bad breath and eventually cavities. This is by far one of the easiest ways to prevent cavities and if you do a scaling once every 6 months, it will not even be uncomfortable, because you won’t have that much tartar built up to begin with. At the same time, a professional teeth cleaning is also necessary. No matter how diligently you might brush your teeth every day, your dentist has the tools and the products to clean your teeth thoroughly and leave them squeaky clean.

 

Fluoride treatments

Fluoride is beneficial regardless of the age and this treatment should be started fro, infancy. It works by making the teeth harder and more resistant to cavities and other common oral health problems. You can either make sure you use a tooth paste with fluoride in it or you can ask your dentist to apply a fluoride paste on your teeth every time you make an appointment. The process takes very little time and is not painful at all. The only thing you have to do is not brush your teeth half an hour after the treatment.

 

Sealants

Some people have deep grooves in their teeth and for this reason they are more prone to developing cavities, as often times the toothbrush bristles are too thick to reach the deepest parts of the grooves. For these patients, sealants provide an excellent protection. The treatment involves applying a clear resin to the chewing surfaces of the teeth that will prevent the acids and food particles from entering the small crevices that typically lead to decay.

 

Night Guards

Many people clench and grind their teeth during sleep because they are stressed during their day-to-day lives or their have other medical conditions and unfortunately this weakens the surface of their enamel, which in turn leads to tooth decay. For these people night guards are an excellent solution, as it will maintain their teeth healthy.