Preventative Dentistry Galloway, OH

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Let’s face it, even though we work extremely hard to make our office warm and inviting, and we know that very few people are genuinely excited at having to get work done on their teeth. That’s why we find it so important to try to help our patients prevent dental problems before they start. When detected early, most dental conditions are more easily treated, and those less-involved treatments cost less. In many ways, taking care of your mouth is like keeping up with home or auto repairs—a little bit of regular maintenance goes a long way!

Our Galloway, OH dentist, Dr. Josh Halderman, prioritizes preventive dental care for all age groups. Different patients have different needs; some smiles may need more attention than others, but they can all be well maintained.

What Is Preventive Dentistry?

Simply put, preventive dentistry means taking care of your teeth and gums and ensuring their well-being. Avoiding cavities, tooth wear-and-tear from grinding, enamel staining, gum disease, and more are all functions of preventive dental care.

From daily brushing and flossing to biannual dental cleanings, taking care of your smile is an essential habit to start practicing young. At Galloway Smiles, we encourage children to begin learning proper oral care at a young age to guarantee their dental success.

The leading causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. By preventing or facing these problems before they get worse, you have a better of keeping your pearly whites for life.

Regular Visits Prevent Small Issues from Becoming Big Ones

The cornerstone of our preventive program is the checkup visit, where we clean your teeth and do a detailed exam with any necessary x-rays. We’re looking for a lot more than just cavities these days!

We assess how well you’re cleaning your teeth at home and point out any areas you may be missing. We’re also looking at brushing habits that may lead to issues like gum recession. If you do have problems with tooth decay, we’ll help to identify where they’re coming from. More importantly, we’ll develop a plan to help you prevent them from coming back.

We look carefully for any loose or ill-fitting fillings, crowns, or other dental work you have in your mouth to make sure it is holding up well. We point out any of the other conditions that can lead to chipped or broken teeth such as tooth grinding, acid erosion from gastric reflux, and side effects from other medical conditions or medications. We keep a close eye on the health of your gums, and we also complete a whole-mouth oral cancer screening, being sure to look at all the hard-to-reach spots that are difficult to see at home. If you have specific concerns like TMJ pain, sleep apnea, or tooth sensitivity, we’ll investigate what’s going on and answer your questions the very same day when possible.

The dental cleaning itself removes the buildup of plaque and tartar, which can only be removed by your dentist or hygienist. Even diligent brushing and flossing doesn’t always remove plaque, and there are always places that your toothbrush can’t reach. Our special instruments can reach areas you simply can’t, where we can polish and remove anything that doesn’t belong.

What Preventive Services Do You Offer?

For our cavity-prone patients, things like sealants and fluoride treatments might help give you the edge you need to keep them from forming again. We can also help identify issues in your diet or medical history that raise your risk (many times, it’s not the obvious stuff like candy and soda).

If you’re a tooth grinder, then a simple night guard can prevent thousands of dollars and several hours in the dental chair spent repairing chipped and broken teeth. Similarly, if you find the average athletic mouthguard to be bulky and hard to wear, then we can make a custom fit one that’s often more comfortable.

If your tooth looks weak or cracked, your Galloway, OH dentist may recommend a dental crown to protect it. The crown could prevent waiting for the tooth to crack or break, leading to a dental emergency. 

If you are a smoker, you probably know that smoking can stain teeth and lead to mouth cancer. Not everyone is aware that most smokers develop gum disease, which is why we encourage our smoking patients to visit our dental practice more often to prevent gum disease. 

Can Anybody Benefit from Preventive Dentistry?

Absolutely. If you have teeth, you can benefit from preventive dentistry. Even our patients who have fewer teeth can benefit from preventive dentistry because we screen for oral cancer and other factors that can affect your general health. Preventive dentistry is excellent for very young children or our oldest family members.

What Are the Benefits of Preventive Dentistry?

Benefits of preventive dentistry include:

  • Reduces your risk for developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious oral issues
  • Promotes healthy oral habits 
  • The earlier a dental problem is fixed, the lower the treatment cost
  • A full examination of your mouth, jaw, and neck can identify any general health issues

What if I Have a Lot of Dental Issues?

If that’s the case, we’ll help you to get a grip on them, one problem at a time. We’re a “no-guilt” office, where we’ll take you as you are and help you to get better. Please call today to set up an appointment and see how we can put you on the path to a lifetime of dental health.

Preventive Dentistry at Home

While dental cleanings and examinations are essential to identify and treat oral issues, the real battle is at home. Here are some tips to help maintain your beautiful smile:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time
  • Use a soft-bristled brush and brush with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss at least once a day, especially after meals
  • Drink water after meals to rinse your mouth of sugar
  • Use mouthwash to prevent gum disease
  • Avoid sugary drinks and foodsMother, daughter, and granddaughter smiling
  • Be careful around hard foods, like hard candy that can damage teeth
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco products
  • Alcohol can cause mouth cancer and is often sugary
  • If you are active, invest in a mouth-guard

Are You Ready to Take Control of Your Oral Health?

The early stages of gum disease or tooth infection can be asymptotic, meaning the signs are subtle or not noticed. By the time you notice a toothache or loose teeth and bleeding gums, you may be in the advanced stages that could need dental work.

Regular dental exams that involve visual oral inspection, cleaning, and x-rays allow Dr. Halderman to identify symptoms of a severe dental problem before it becomes a problem.

Whether you’re shopping for a new dentist for your family, or you’re interested in learning more about preventive dentistry, we are always available to meet you and your family. Give our Galloway, OH dental practice a call to schedule your dental cleaning. Prevention is the best cure!

We look forward to your call.