The main focus of preventive dentistry is to maintain your teeth, gums, and mouth in a healthy condition and prevent future complications. Preventative treatments include routine cleaning and examinations, periodontal care, fluoride and sealant applications, etc. to stop the cavities and tooth decay before they can cause serious harm to the teeth.
Dr. Kevin D. Fong, DDS offers the following preventative services in his dental practice:
Regular examinations help identify and prevent oral cavity problems before they become serious. Periodic dental check-ups aid in detecting problems when they are in their initial stages so that it becomes easier to treat them. If these minor problems are left unattended, they could worsen and might require more extensive and costly procedures to fix them.
Professional cleanings conducted by a trained hygienist or a dentist like Dr. Kevin Fong are just as crucial to your oral health as daily brushing and flossing. Using specialized dental tools, he could remove plaque accumulation from the surfaces of teeth, brush the stains, as well as polish the teeth.
Gum tissues need as much attention as do your teeth. An infection causes periodontal or gum disease in the gum tissues, connective ligaments, or the alveolar bone. The condition is characterized by gums that get swollen, red, and bleeding during brushing and flossing. Fortunately, periodontal disease is easy to prevent and treat if it is identified early enough. In the case of advanced periodontal disease, a scaling and root planing procedure might be recommended.
Fluoride is a mineral that could help strengthen the enamel of our teeth. As we use our teeth, they lose bits of minerals and hence have to be replaced. Our teeth get the minerals required through the foods and drinks we consume. Fluoride applications or toothpaste could assist our teeth in this rejuvenation process and help provide them the resources to be healthier and more robust.
Sealants are generally used to help prevent tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of back teeth, namely the molars. The natural ridges of these teeth could trap food that can resist regular brushing and rinsing. The trapped food enables bacteria to breed and eventually cause tooth decay. The use of sealants helps to cover these ridges and ensure protection for the teeth from decay. The dental sealants are painted directly onto the teeth’ surfaces.
Oral Cancer Screening
The primary purpose of performing oral cancer screening is the early diagnosis of oral cancer. This helps prevent cancer by treating it at its early stages if it’s there, and educating the patient, and introducing lifestyle changes that decrease oral cancer risks.
Call Dr. Kevin D. Fong, DDS at phone number (510) 783-1572 or schedule an online appointment. Email us at: [email protected] to know more about preventative dentistry.