Preventive dental visits are vitally important for oral health. The American Dental Association, or ADA, ADA recommends both adults and children visiting their dentist at least once every 6 months. At Lincoln Dental Associates, we offer comprehensive family dentistry in Lincoln NE, and will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums. This may require radiographs of your teeth to enable us to diagnose any underlying problems that may not be evident during a visual exam. You will also receive an oral cancer screening, periodontal evaluation, nutritional counseling and oral hygiene instruction. Pit and fissure sealants and topical fluoride are additional dental procedures that may be conducted during a preventative dental visit.
Dental sealants are a resin material that is applied to the pits and fissures of the occlusal (biting) surfaces of molars and premolars. Pits and fissures are a natural part of the tooth anatomy. They are also areas where plaque and bacteria can accumulate and they can be hard to clean by brushing. Dental sealants provide smooth surfaces and seal off these pits and fissures from plaque and bacteria that can settle into these areas and cause tooth decay.
Topical fluoride treatments can be applied in the office, helping prevent tooth decay by making your teeth more resistant to acids from dietary sugars and bacteria from the plaque in your mouth. Fluoride helps to speed up the process of rebuilding your tooth enamel in areas where you may have demineralization.
Preventative dentistry is crucial in the early diagnosis of oral health conditions as well as alert the patient about vulnerabilities of their teeth and gums that may possibly result in future dental health issues. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings also make your smile look great and provide a foundation of healthy teeth and gums that are more resilient to decay and disease.