It seem like prevention sometimes take a back seat in dentistry, whereas treatment takes precedence. Although our office provides superb dental treatment when necessary. Our main focus at Smile Arts of NY is on conservative dentistry and prevention. Our goal is to stop dental problems from occurring in the first place. You can assure a life time of good oral health by going to the dentist every 6 months. By working together we can prevent cavities in teeth and gum disease from occurring.
Digital dental x-rays have reduced exposure to radiation by 75% and the quality of images is greatly improved. We can now see cavities as they’re just starting out. Incipient cavities, haven’t completely penetrated through the enamel. By catching incipient cavities as they’re just starting out we can take action to reverse the breakdown in enamel.
The outer envelope covering our teeth is called enamel. It’s the hardest substance in our body, even tougher than bone. Bacteria causing cavities have a very hard time penetrating through the enamel. It could take years for bacteria to make its way through enamel. Small lesions in enamel, called incipient lesions, can be rebuild when caught early. We can reverse the damage by cleaning those areas thoroughly by flossing or using an oral irrigator. Also, fluoride has been shown to have the ability to rebuild enamel. New York City water is fluoridated. There are also mouthwashes such as ACT which contain additional fluoride.
Gum issues when treated early can also be reversed before they cause significant damage. Gingivitis is present when gums are inflamed. The gums will bleed when flossing. The good news is that this condition is reversible when appropriate measures are taken early. On your routine dental cleaning your dentist can advise what areas to focus on when flossing or using an Oral Irrigator. If gingivitis is left untreated it can proceed to a condition that can damage the gums permanently called periodontal disease.
There may not be such a thing as the “best dentist.” But the dentist I’d want for myself is one who is focused on preventative dentistry rather than treatment. By going for a routine dental visit every six months a multitude of future problems can be avoided. The dreaded dental drill and the expense associated with dentistry can often be prevented with routine dental visits. I would encourage everyone to make time twice a year to get a thorough cleaning and a check-up from a trusted dental professional.