Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile. A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. A regular home prevention routine usually consists of brushing at least twice a day for two minutes at a time and flossing at least once per day. There are special kinds of toothpaste, rinses, and even flossing aids that Mountaineer Dental can recommend to help meet your specific oral health care needs. Our office is committed to helping you find the best tools to enhance your daily hygiene routine in order to make your professional cleaning appointments easier and less stressful.
Preventative care is continued in the dental office by the efforts of our experienced dental care professionals to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth. At each visit, our team performs a medical history update and reviews any changes. Even the smallest change in the soft tissues of your mouth will be examined closely. Early detection of oral cancer saves many lives each year, and our team is highly trained to detect even the smallest abnormality.
Additionally, each patient receives a complimentary oral cancer screening. Oral cancer can afflict anyone, although tobacco users put themselves at a significantly higher risk than non-users. Early detection and treatment can significantly increase your chances of a quick and complete recovery.