Preventive dentistry is the best way to minimize major dental problems both now and down the road. Early detection during your biannual exams can help keep any problems small and easy to treat. The Buffalo Dental Group will also make sure to review your overall health during your routine visits because of the important relationship between your oral and overall health. With consistent, proactive dental care, we can give you the kind of smile that never needs a second thought.
Preventive dentistry exams should be received at least twice a year, averaging about one every six months. During a visit at The Buffalo Dental Group, we will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for any signs of decay and deterioration. We'll also perform a deep cleaning as well as provide information that can help you improve your home hygiene routine. These appointments enable us to take care of any issues as early as possible in order to preserve your natural teeth over time, ensuring you have a healthier smile and require less dental work.
Dental sealants can be applied to the enamel of your teeth to provide an extra layer of protection against destructive bacteria. These are particularly useful for the back teeth, as their location and wide, rough surfaces make them particularly susceptible to cavities, especially for young children. We simply apply a clear composite resin to the teeth, and this quickly hardens into a thin, invisible barrier that prevents plaque and bacteria from settling on the enamel.
Bruxism is an extremely common condition where someone unconsciously grinds their teeth while they sleep, usually as a response to daily stress. Over time, this can severely wear down the teeth, dental restorations, and even cause chronic pain throughout the face and head. A nightguard is a small oral appliance a patient can wear to bed that places a thin barrier between the teeth to prevent any contact while they sleep, keeping their smile healthy and whole.
Every time you're in our office for preventive dentistry treatments, we will check for any signs of oral cancer. The earlier this disease is recognized, the faster we'll be able to plan your course of treatment. Initial symptoms like oral sores, growths, or small patches of discolored tissue can be very easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for. That’s why we use the VELscope light to make potentially cancerous cells illuminate, helping us spot problem areas that would normally be hidden from the naked eye.
You’ll find fluoride added to most oral healthcare products because it has been shown to drastically lower a person’s risk for tooth decay. Early exposure to fluoride can also aid in the development of a child’s adult teeth even before they come in. As part of your regular appointments, we can give you and your family a quick fluoride treatment that will strengthen the enamel and help you stay cavity-free between appointments.
Choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash for yourself and your family can be quite difficult given the endless variety you’ll find at the store. The products you and your loved ones use at home are extremely important to your long-term oral health, and if you need a little help deciding on which ones to get, our hygiene team is happy to make recommendations at your next appointment. They’ll take into account everyone’s unique needs so you’ll know which products will provide the most bang for your buck.
Our practice is happy to treat children of all ages, so whether you have a toddler, a teenager, or someone in between at home, they are always welcome at Buffalo Dental Group. Our team has plenty of experience with growing smiles, and our patented minimally invasive approach will ensure that their teeth stay healthy and strong throughout every stage of development. And of course, we’ll always go out of our way to ensure your child feels completely comfortable during their visits.
We will always screen your gum line to check for gum disease during your preventive dentistry visits. Untreated, it can severely damage your teeth and oral structures, and it’s also been linked with an increased risk of various full-body problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and even dementia. Fortunately, gum disease can be easily treated if detected early. By keeping a close eye on your gums and getting rid of infection as quickly as possible, we help our patients enjoy much more than a beautiful smile.
It's important to be proactive with your dental care for the wellbeing of your overall health and appearance. Call The Buffalo Dental Group today to schedule a preventive appointment!