Preventive Dentistry is a service we provide to help prevent the beginning stages or progression of oral disease. This is achieved through a mix of preventive measures provided by Bissell Dental Group, including:
- Routine visits to your dentist for cleanings
- Oral cancer screenings
- Education on the importance of oral hygiene
Digital Dental X-rays
While many patients maintain an aversion to x-rays due to the radiation exposure, most patients are shocked to discover that the amount of radiation present in a full set of dental x-rays only accounts for about one percent of their annual radiation exposure. However, Digital dental x-rays are known to drastically decrease the amount of radiation exposure when compared to traditional dental x-rays. Our office offers digital x-rays and our machines are tested yearly. Regardless, radiation exposure should never be a reason to avoid dental x-rays. Dental x-rays play a critical role in preventative dentistry the proper diagnosis and treatment of a patient.
Routine Dental Cleanings
It is important that you keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. A routine dental cleaning is provided by our dental hygienist this service usually takes about an hour. This visit to our office will include any dental x-rays needed, a thorough exam performed by Dr. Bissell. In conclusion to your routine dental cleaning, our hygienist will advise about how to care for your teeth at home, schedule 6-month cleaning and any needed appointments for more extensive services, including; fillings, teeth whitening or porcelain crowns.
Home Dental Care
Home dental care is a very important part of preventive dentistry. Develop a routine of brushing and flossing. It is recommended to brush two times a day, morning and evening and to floss once a day.
A soft-bristled toothbrush is highly advised, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and move in small circular motions. Try not to scrub or brush too hard, as this may cause damage to the gum tissue. Brushing your tongue will reduce bacteria and help with bad breath.
Flossing can get where your toothbrush can’t and is a very important part of your home care. Food gets trapped between your teeth and bacteria will grow, this can cause cavities and gum disease. Flossing can remove this debris and if done once a day can decrease your chance of decay and gum disease by about half.
Preventive dentistry is not just about visiting your dentist every six months for a complete check-up and cleaning. Dentists specializing in Denver preventive dentistry services can also remove your old silver fillings and replace them with new white fillings that enhance the appearance of your teeth as well as your tooth’s integrity.
The ADA provides more tips on everyday oral hygiene at www.mouthhealthy.org.