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Dental Care


When it comes to keeping your teeth healthy for a lifetime, prevention is vital. Dr. Salvatore Storniolo, DDS, and his team emphasize preventative practices including maintaining meticulous oral hygiene as well as regular checkups and cleanings at our dental office. Preventive dental care will leave you with a bright and healthy smile for years to come!


What Is Preventive Dental Care?

Preventive dental care is the practice of caring for your teeth and avoiding potential dental problems through prevention. That helps protect your teeth from cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more, meaning you will need less dental treatments down the road.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visits to the dentist at regular intervals determined by your dentist to maintain optimal oral health. When coupled with care at home, these practices will ensure your teeth remain healthy and white for a lifetime.

With proper dental care, you will likely prevent or lessen the effects of enamel loss, cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease, which may lead to tooth loss. Early detection is key to treating conditions before they progress.


Who Benefits from Preventive Dentistry?

Everyone benefits from preventive dentistry. Whether you have a mouth full of teeth, a few teeth, or no teeth at all, you will benefit from preventive practices. Identifying and treating any oral condition in its early stages will allow us to manage it before it progresses. Preventive dentistry is essential for children because it helps their developing permanent teeth to come in strong and healthy. Regardless of your age and the condition of your mouth, it’s never too late to start preventive care!


What Are the Benefits of Preventive Dental Care?

With preventive dental care and good dental hygiene, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing cavities, gingivitis, periodontal disease, along with many other oral diseases. Keeping your mouth healthy can reduce your chances of complications resulting from poor oral health. Oral diseases may result in some health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, and cancer.

With preventive practices, you can protect your teeth and minimize your need for many dental treatments such as teeth whitening, fillings, root canals, implants, and more. Additionally, certain oral conditions may impact how you eat and speak, and how you look and feel.

In addition to reducing your risk for many dental and overall health issues, keeping your mouth healthy can end up saving you a lot of money. Even with dental insurance, the costs associated with poor oral hygiene can quickly add up. While preventive dental care may not eliminate all potential dental conditions, it can go a long way in reducing your needs for these treatments.

What Happens During a Dental Checkup?

When you visit our dental office for your dental checkup, we will examine your mouth to determine the state of your oral health. Dental X-rays will help us identify and diagnose any oral health concerns. The images will help us detect tooth decay, bone loss, cysts, or any other potential problems.

We will conduct a periodontal exam which will include measuring the depth of pockets, which are an indicator of gum disease. We will check for any root exposure or inflamed gum tissue to identify any developing gingivitis or periodontal disease early on.

We will examine every one of your teeth to look for signs of decay, cracks, or chips. We will also look for overcrowding which may need correction to avoid damage to your teeth. We will consider any cosmetic or restorative dental services you may need including teeth whitening, correcting misaligned or crooked teeth, or restoring missing teeth.

Our checkup will include a bite analysis to examine your bite (occlusion). A bad bite may cause tooth wear, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and more. We will also perform an oral cancer screening to ensure that all your mouth tissue is healthy. Early detection and treatment are crucial to good outcomes.


What Happens During the Cleaning?

Your routine dental checkup will include a professional cleaning, also called dental prophylaxis. That can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease from settling in your mouth. Our dental hygienist will start by removing hardened plaque and tartar from your teeth using hand tools and pressurized water. We will then polish and buff your teeth using an electric polisher that works to remove any traces of plaque left behind.

Our dentist will talk to you and discuss your brushing and flossing habits, along with recommending ways to enhance your oral health. We will outline any problems we detect and will explain any treatments needed.

Preventive Dental Care Procedures

There are many different preventive treatments available to you and your family to help avoid future dental problems. When you visit us, we will discuss your specific needs based on the condition of your mouth.

Dental sealants are thin composite coatings placed on the chewing surfaces of permanent teeth to prevent tooth decay. Children usually receive this preventive treatment, but adults can also benefit from dental sealants. Children also benefit significantly from fluoride treatments which work to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay.

Night guards are custom-made mouthguards that work to protect your teeth if you suffer from nighttime teeth grinding or bruxism. Sports guards are similar custom-made devices that athletes use to protect their teeth from blows to the face.

Patient education is a primary component of prevention. Information is power. Understanding the importance of oral hygiene practices will help ensure a lifetime of dental health.

Preventive Care at Home

Maintain your optimal oral health by regularly brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. You also need to consume a healthy, balanced diet including vitamins and minerals to provide your teeth with the nutrients they need to stay healthy. Limit your intake of sugar and carbonated drinks and make sure to drink plenty of water. Caring for your teeth is an essential component of preventive dental care.

Preventive Dental Care Starts Here

Visit Dr. Salvatore Storniolo, DDS and his highly experienced team to learn more about preventive dental care and how it can help you maintain your optimal oral health. We are all about keeping your healthy smile on your face for years to come!