Preventive Dentistry – Saratoga Springs, NY
The Cornerstone of Long-Term Oral Health
Oftentimes, the best treatment for dental problems is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Our team at Springs Dental has extensive experience practicing preventive dentistry, helping to keep our patients healthy and happy. Call our dental office today or use the online booking feature to schedule your first appointment for preventive dentistry in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Why Choose Springs Dental for Preventive Dentistry?
- Positive, Upbeat Dental Team
- Safe, Effective Digital X-Rays
- We Participate with All Dental Insurance Plans
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
It is important for you to get regular dental exams from a professional dentist. This allows your provider to check on the overall health of your teeth and gums and detect any cavities or tooth decay. In addition, regular dental cleanings eliminate harmful plaque, helping to prevent gingivitis or periodontal disease from developing. The team at Springs Dental recommends having two dental checkups and cleanings per year.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Another important aspect of preventive dentistry is oral cancer screenings. Oral cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the world. As such, it is important to screen for this disease, especially if you notice any discoloration, abnormal spots, or irregular swelling in your mouth. Speak with our dental team to learn more.
You’ll find fluoride in most kinds of toothpaste at the grocery store, and you might even find it in your tap water at home. That’s because it has been proven to bolster tooth enamel, making it more resilient to decay. After our hygiene team has given your teeth a professional cleaning, we can take a few minutes to apply a varnish of concentrated fluoride, which should greatly reduce your risk of cavities for some time to come.
The molars and premolars toward the back of the mouth contain deep pits that help when chewing tough foods, but they’re also particularly cavity-prone since food particles can easily become trapped in these grooves. To protect these vulnerable areas, we may recommend dental sealants. These thin, clear plastic coatings are painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, creating a barrier that shields the enamel from food debris that may attract harmful bacteria.
Athletic Mouthguards / Sportsguards
Even if you don’t play contact sports, it never hurts to wear a protective mouthguard. An estimated 40% of all dental injuries are caused by sporting activities. While you can find sportsguards over the counter, they won’t be designed to fit your mouth. Our dentists can give you a mouthguard that is personalized to protect your teeth from injury while allowing for easy breathing and speaking on the field.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Do your teeth seem flat or worn down? Do you often wake up with a dull headache or a sore jaw? If so, you might be grinding and clenching your teeth in your sleep. Known as bruxism, this habit can damage your teeth if left untreated. Luckily, our team can supply you with a custom nightguard to safeguard your smile. It fits snugly over your teeth, creating a protective barrier between your upper and lower arches.
Brushing & Flossing
Regular brushing and flossing are still the cornerstones of proper oral care habits, helping to ensure the long-term health of your mouth. Springs Dental recommends that you brush for two minutes twice a day and floss at least once per day for two to three minutes.