A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth.
Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?
If you knock out a tooth, it’s crucial that you stay calm and don’t attempt to fix the tooth yourself. Call us right away and bring the tooth to our office as soon as you can. Make sure to handle your tooth by the crown and store it carefully while you wait for treatment.
When are sealants recommended?
Dental sealants are primarily used to protect children and teenagers from developing cavities. They’re typically applied when your permanent teeth start to come in or any time between the ages of 6 and 16. In certain situations, adults may require sealants as well.
What can be done about old, unattractive, or discolored fillings?
If you need to replace a filling, we feature several options that can improve the strength and appearance of your tooth. Depending on your needs, Dr. Milsap can provide you with a composite tooth-colored filling, a dental crown, porcelain veneers, or a customized inlay.