Most oral health issues can be prevented if the proper measures are taken. The first step to a healthy mouth is a regular, 6-month cleaning and checkup at Nashoba Valley Dental. At your professional teeth cleaning, Dr. Annese will be able to check for issues like tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other oral health problems. With the proper preventive steps, these minor issues can be resolved without further treatment.
Preventive care focuses on catching common problems, like tooth decay, early and using advanced dental techniques to prevent them from developing into more serious oral health conditions. Common treatments include:
Here are a few benefits of seeing Dr. Annese of Nashoba Valley Dental for a regular 6-month checkup or other preventive treatments:
As recommended by the ADA, you should brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes at a time. The best type of toothbrush to use is a soft bristle toothbrush, whether it be manual or electric. Hard bristles can be too abrasive to your enamel. Apply fluoride toothpaste to your toothbrush and tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle.
Then, you’ll want to brush every surface of your teeth, starting from the outside. Brush your upper and lower teeth from the outside as well as around your gum line. You’ll then brush the chewing surfaces and the backs of your teeth.
When brushing the back of your teeth, use an upward and downward motion. Finally, don’t neglect your tongue which harbors a ton of bacteria and can contribute to foul breath odor.
Many different available tools can be used to floss in between your teeth, such as traditional floss threaders, water flossers, and interdental brushes. Water flossers are a great option to clean between oral appliances like braces or dental bridges.
Interdental brushes are like little brushes that can slip between the teeth much like a string to remove food debris. You should floss at least once a day and run the floss from the crown of the tooth up to your gum line, making sure to rub against both sides of the gap.
It’s important to treat periodontal disease as soon as possible, because only the earliest stage is reversible. The earliest stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis can be reversed with something as simple as a traditional dental cleaning and good oral hygiene practices at home.
However, if left untreated, it will develop into irreversible periodontitis, which leads to bone loss and soft tissue damage. In the advanced stages, this can lead to tooth loss. Treatments for gum disease include deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) and oral surgery such as gum grafting.
The best way to know what is covered under your specific insurance is to call your provider and ask what is covered and how much they will cover. Generally speaking, preventive care is more likely to be covered partially or entirely by insurance when compared to restorative or cosmetic procedures.
Dental insurance coverage usually prioritizes prevention which can reduce your risk of worsening the problem and needing a more expensive and complex procedure later on. Common preventive treatments that may be covered by insurance include dental cleanings, x-rays, fluoride varnish, dental sealants, and oral cancer screenings.
At Nashoba Valley Dental, we never want a lack of insurance coverage to prevent you from getting necessary dental treatment. That’s why we offer various financing options such as CareCredit, Flex Check, and payment plans.
There is no substitute for regular preventive care, no matter how well you brush and floss! If you need a 6-month check-up, Nashoba Valley Dental is the right place for you. Dr. Annese provides expert dental care with a flexible schedule and can treat the entire family. You and your loved ones can get the care you need and stay on top of your oral health.
At Nashoba Valley Dental, we’re always accepting new patients. Feel free to contact us for an appointment at (978) 425-9088, or to visit our office at 228 Great Road, Shirley, MA 01464.