The best way to limit your chances of future oral health problems is to stave them off here and now with dedicated, preventative care. The office of Robert A. Kravecs Jr., DMD, LLC, in Fairfield, Connecticut, provides excellent preventative dentistry that can help ensure you a lifetime of healthy teeth. You can get cleanings, screenings, and endodontic treatment, all under one roof. To find out more, call the office or schedule your next appointment online today.
Preventative dentistry refers to ongoing, regular oral health care that helps you get out in front of common dental problems. By coming into the office regularly for checkups, you can detect problems before they become serious and increase your chances of keeping strong, healthy teeth for years to come.
Your at-home oral hygiene routine is also an important part of preventative dentistry. In between visits to the office, you need to brush and floss twice daily. Your dentist can provide tips on how to improve your form and to better care for your teeth at home.
Dr. Kravecs offers a variety of essential preventative dentistry services, including:
A dental sealant is a very thin, invisible plastic coating applied in the grooves on the surface of the back teeth where chewing occurs. This sealant protects these teeth from decay. Most kids and teenagers who get cavities at an early age are advised to get sealants in order to prevent decay in baby teeth or newly erupted permanent molars. This is a very simple and pain-free procedure that requires no injections, and the result is a shield that will protect the tooth for many years to come
Fluoride is a natural mineral present in food and water. Fluoride treatments help in the prevention of tooth decay as well as protecting the surface enamel of the teeth. During treatment, you wear a fluoride-lined tray that covers your teeth. There is enough fluoride to make it effective in fighting decay and in strengthening the enamel, but not too much to harm the tooth or body in any way.
Root canal therapy can often be performed in one or two visits. Dr. Kravecs examines an infected tooth and plans how to remove the infected fleshy pulp inside the tooth. Using a local anesthetic, he creates an opening on top of the tooth in order to access and clean out the infection in the pulp chamber and root canals of the lower half of the tooth. Eventually, you’ll likely have a crown placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.
Oral cancer screenings are routine and a key part of preventative care. About 37,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Dr. Kravecs examines you and looks for common signs such as sores, colored patches, lumps or thickening of the cheek, or swelling. Diagnosing oral cancer through regular screenings is key to preventing and effectively treating the condition.
Preventive dental care is extremely important in maintaining a healthy mouth and beautiful teeth, and maintaining good oral health bodes well for your overall health. Problems such as tooth decay or gum disease are closely linked to more serious health issues, including heart disease and stroke. So focusing on preventative dentistry is vital.
Having regular preventive care is the best way to make sure your teeth last your entire lifetime. Preventive dental care detects problems early on when they’re easier to treat, saving you time and money in the long run by helping you avoid major procedures in the future. On your own, you can regularly brush and floss your teeth as well as clean your tongue to keep your smile bright and healthy between visits to the dentist.
If it’s time for your next visit to the office for a checkup, call or use the online scheduling tool now and set something up.