Preventative Care Specialist

Dlight Dental

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Washington, DC & Rockville, MD

Your oral health might not be the first thing on your mind when you don’t have signs or symptoms of an issue. Yet, preventive care is one of the most essential parts of dentistry. At Dlight Dental in Washington, DC, and Rockville, Maryland, the team provides cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, and other forms of preventive care to maintain your healthy mouth. For more information about preventive care and services, call Dlight Dental or request your appointment online today.

Preventative Care Q & A

What is preventive care?

Preventive care is the branch of dentistry that focuses on reducing your chances of developing diseases, injuries, and other oral health complications. By practicing preventive care in the dentist’s chair and at home, you can reduce costs and time associated with dental treatments.

The team at Dlight Dental helps you better understand your mouth and each of its structures. They tell you how you can care for yourself and prevent conditions like:

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth loss or breakage
  • Cavities
  • Enamel wear
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders

 

Beyond giving you strategies to prevent oral health complications at home, the team at Dlight Dental also provides a range of preventive services in the office. 

What does preventive care entail?

Dlight Dental makes preventive care a priority for patients of all ages. At the office, you have access to these preventive treatments and services:

Dental cleanings and exams

Every six months, you should come in for a professional dental cleaning and an examination. The team removes harmful plaque and tartar and looks for signs of poor oral health. 

Wisdom tooth extractions

Impacted wisdom teeth or wisdom teeth that grow in crookedly can put you at a higher risk for tooth injuries and oral health complications.

Night guards and mouthguards

If you grind your teeth at night, wearing a custom night guard from Dlight Dental can keep your teeth strong and intact. Mouthguards protect your teeth from injuries during sports.

Dental sealants

Dental sealants are made of resin and help protect the crevices of your teeth to prevent cavities. Your dentist paints them onto the chewing surfaces before hardening the resin. 

Fluoride treatment

Fluoride helps keep your enamel strong and protects against tooth decay. It’s in the water supply and many of the foods you eat, so your teeth get a small dose when you drink water or eat certain foods. For even more protection, you can get a fluoride treatment at Dlight Dental in the form of a foam, varnish, or gel.

How can I practice preventive care at home?

Home care is just as important as the preventive treatments and services available at Dlight Dental. To minimize your chances of getting cavities, gum disease, and other conditions, you should:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily with a soft bristled toothbrush
  • Floss once a day
  • Limit sugar
  • Limit acidic foods and beverages
  • Visit Dlight Dental twice a year for teeth cleanings and exams
  • Wear a mouthguard to avoid tooth damage while playing sports

 

If you notice any new symptoms or changes in the way your mouth functions, you should report them to your dentist right away. Early treatment is often easier and more successful than treatments for progressed conditions. 

For more information on preventive care and services, call Dlight Dental or request an appointment online today.