Preventative dental care helps stop future dental problems; most commonly, cavities and tooth decay. Cavities are holes or pits in the tooth enamel caused by tooth decay. Tooth decay begins when harmful bacteria feed on food debris left in the mouth. Over time, as bacteria feed on this debris, the digestive acids eat away at the tooth enamel. Tooth decay can be a highly damaging problem that leads to tooth damage and even loss. We can help stop the spread of decay with professional dental care. Our dental office provides high-quality preventative dental care to patients in Newport News, VA.
Cleanings and Preventative Dental Care in Newport News, VA
Our dental cleanings help remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. Plaque is a bacterial film that hardens over time to form calculus or tartar. Harmful bacteria can break down the tooth enamel and irritate the gum tissue. Our dental hygienists use stainless steel dental tools to precisely clean the smile. They clean hardened plaque that can hide between teeth and irritate the gum tissue.
Other preventative treatments against decay are dental fillings and root canal treatments. We recommend these treatments for patients who have cavities. However, not all patients who have cavities need a root canal. If patients have a cavity that does not enter the tooth chamber or an infection that does not infect the dental pulp within the tooth, we only recommend a dental filling. During a root canal, we remove diseased nerves and blood vessels within the tooth. Then, we seal the cleaned tooth with a dental filling. We can clean smaller cavities and provide patients with dental fillings even if their dental pulp is unaffected. Fillings seal and protect the tooth from reinfection. Additionally, we often recommend dental crowns for extra protection if patients have weakened or worn teeth.
Fluoride is one of the best components to help prevent dental cavities. We recommend fluoride treatment for younger patients five and older. Children are more prone to developing cavities, especially if they cannot fully clean hard-to-reach places in the back of the mouth. Dental cleanings are also beneficial for patients of all ages. Removing bacteria buildup decreases the likelihood of cavities and other dental problems like gum disease.
We take dental x-rays at regular visits to look for emerging permanent teeth, orthodontic problems, and dental infections. With digital x-rays, we can see the teeth, gums, and jaw. X-rays also allow us to see within the tooth. At routine dental visits, we can see if any teeth are affected by cavities or if the pulp is infected. Then, we can make a custom treatment plan according to the budget, needs, and goals of each patient.
Do you need a dental cleaning? Are you noticing changes in the comfort or appearance of your smile? Schedule your next dental visit on our website or call 757.414.7227. Please let our team know if you have any questions about cavities or treatment planning. They are here to help.