Preventive care is an essential part of your oral wellness because it helps you avoid gum disease, tooth decay, and even serious whole-body illnesses like heart disease. At Plano Dental Excellence in Plano, Texas, skilled and compassionate dentist Wayne Ku, DDS, offers all the most effective preventive care treatments, so don’t hesitate to reach out today. Call the office or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
Preventative dentistry is dental care that helps you avoid common problems like gum disease and tooth decay. Dr. Ku and the Plano Dental Excellence team work with you to develop good habits and take proactive action to ensure good oral health for your whole life.
Preventive dentistry includes a variety of treatments, all of which are designed to avoid serious oral health problems later:
Regular dental exams, usually around twice yearly, are one of the most critical parts of preventive care. When you see Dr. Ku for exams at the recommended intervals, you'll learn about emerging problems in their early stages when they're easiest to stop.
Teeth cleaning is another essential part of preventive dentistry. Dr. Ku recommends a teeth-cleaning schedule ideal for you. In general, twice-yearly cleanings are a good way to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
During teeth cleanings, your Plano Dental Excellence care provider removes plaque and tartar, and this helps prevent both tooth decay and gum disease.
Sealants, a thin layer of plastic that Dr. Ku paints onto teeth, are often an important part of preventive care for children and adults. The sealant repels bacteria and helps prevent tooth decay.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dental sealants can prevent 80% of cavities in the molars, where the majority of cavities develop.
Sealants can be an especially important preventive tool for children because kids might not have ideal brushing and flossing habits for the harder-to-reach back teeth. But, they can be equally useful for adults who struggle with tooth decay in spite of practicing good oral health habits.
Dr. Ku may also recommend other preventive care, such as using an antimicrobial mouth rinse after brushing. Plano Dental Excellence personalizes your preventive care plan to help you maintain the best oral health possible.
Brush your teeth twice a day, spending two full minutes to make sure you cover all areas in your mouth. Floss between every tooth at least once a day.
Although preventive care at Plano Dental Excellence is extremely helpful in maintaining healthy teeth and gums, your oral care at home is just as important.
To get preventive care help from the caring Plano Dental Excellence team, call the office or book online now.