Rotting teeth, a host of cavities, aches and pain – that’s what we’d face without preventative dentistry. By guiding patients toward excellent care of their teeth, a general dentist like Dr. Swaintek-Lamb can help prevent long-term and often expensive restoration resulting from dental disease.
In its earliest stages, dental decay, oral cancer and periodontal disease can be averted by adhering to regular dental exams. Another vital part of preventive dentistry is education.
Your dentist will help you learn about good oral hygiene at each exam. When the dentist finds more plaque than normal, you’ll be instructed again on the proper method of brushing. When the dentist sees excess tartar between teeth, your dentist or dental hygienist will encourage you to floss more often. All of this education and care leaves us better able to grow old with our teeth.
These educational instructions, if adhered to, will go far in keeping your teeth and gums healthy throughout your life. During these office visits, your dentist may also suggest other dental corrections that can be performed by a cosmetic dentist to enhance your smile.
Preventative Dentistry – Home Treatment
You are the first line of defense against tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. By following five simple steps, you can put your best teeth forward and leave the rest in your dentist’s capable hands. By following these simple steps, dental patients can enjoy healthy teeth and gums for the majority of their life.
- Step 1: Brush twice a day
- Step 2: Floss often
- Step 3: Eat a balanced diet
- Step 4: Limit between-meal snacks
- Step 5: See your dentist twice a year for cleaning and exams
Preventive Dentistry – Dental Office Treatment
After a dental exam, your dentist will perform a number of evaluations to further understand your current oral health and recommend treatment to correct any problems that have surfaced since your last visit. Those evaluations include:
- Studying X-rays for evidence of hidden cavities
- Examining gums for evidence of receding gums and any gum disease
- Checking for oral cancer evidence
- Recommending procedures to correct any present dental problems
If you are in need of preventative dental care, Dr. Swaintek-Lamb at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville looks forward to meeting you. Schedule a visit online or call (800) 672-8518 and a member of our helpful team will inform you of the first available appointment. Our dentist serves patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills and surrounding areas in New Jersey.