Preventive Care

Dental preventative care refers to a range of measures and practices aimed at maintaining good oral health and preventing dental problems before they occur. It typically includes both professional dental services provided by dentists or dental hygienists and personal oral hygiene habits practiced at home by individuals. Here are some key components of dental preventative care:

  • Dental Examinations: Comprehensive dental examinations allow dentists to assess the overall health of the teeth, gums, and other oral tissues. During these appointments, the dentist can detect any early signs of dental issues and provide necessary treatments to prevent them from worsening. Routine visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings are essential for maintaining oral health.
  • X-rays and Diagnostic Tests: Dental X-rays and other diagnostic tests are valuable tools for identifying dental problems that may not be visible during a visual examination. These tests can help detect cavities, bone loss, impacted teeth, and other issues. Here at Smile Scarsdale, we utilize a very low radiation x-ray system.
  • Professional Cleanings: Professional dental cleanings help remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth, which can prevent cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems. Sometimes, we perform scaling in the presence of Gingivitis, which is necessary to remove the accumulated plaque and tartar, as these substances contribute to the progression of gum disease and can lead to further damage to the gums and supporting structures of the teeth if left untreated.
  • Dental Sealants: Sealants are thin protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars) to prevent cavities. They seal off the grooves and pits of the teeth, making them less susceptible to decay.
  • Fluoride Treatments: Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen tooth enamel and make it more resistant to decay. Professional fluoride treatments provided by dentists can help prevent cavities and remineralize early stages of tooth decay.
  • Education and Counseling: Here at Smile Scarsdale Family Dental, our doctor and hygienist educate patients about proper oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and dietary habits. They also provide guidance on the use of oral hygiene products and techniques to maintain optimal oral health.
  • Lifestyle Recommendations: We truly care about you and may offer advice on lifestyle factors that can affect oral health, such as smoking cessation, dietary modifications, and managing conditions like dry mouth.
  • Caries arrest medication: At Smile Scarsdale, we employ Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) to stop decay. Many of our patients have already experienced the benefits of using SDF. This FDA-approved antibiotic liquid is applied clinically by a dentist to the decayed tooth area, effectively managing active dental decay and preventing further disease development. By utilizing SDF as a decay arrest treatment, the need for dental drills, injections, and filling placements can be delayed or completely avoided. While the optimal approach for treating decayed teeth involves removing the decay and applying a filling, this alternative non-invasive treatment enables us to halt or slow down decay progression.
  • Oral Cancer Screening: Oral cancer presents a significant risk, often emerging without noticeable symptoms. It represents 2.9% of diagnosed cancer cases in the United States. Early detection remains crucial for a successful recovery. Our routine check-ups include oral cancer screenings, enabling us to conduct timely biopsies and potentially safeguard your life by catching it sooner.