Preventative Dental Care
Preventative Dental Care involves regular dental exams to help protect your oral health and general well-being. It also involves promoting optimal tooth and gum health through patient education of adopting good oral hygiene practices to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. In having good oral hygiene, patients can avoid cavities, gingivitis (inflammation of gum tissue), periodontal disease (gum disease), and enamel loss.
Maintaining optimal oral health requires daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups and cleanings at least twice a year for both adults, children, and adolescents to ensure teeth are clean, strong, and healthy.
A Health-Centered Focus for Preventative Dental Care
Preventative Dental Care Promotes Good Oral Health
Good oral health is important, and proper, preventative dental care helps patients avoid or lessen the effects of developing dental problems in the future.
Preventative Dentistry also helps educate patients on the importance of good oral health. Since the mouth is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, it is essential to maintain a clean mouth to benefit your overall health. Maintaining good oral health greatly reduces your risks of getting cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, and further reduces your risks of developing secondary health problems (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, cancer) due to poor oral health.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
It is important to develop and maintain good oral hygiene to keep your teeth healthy. Here are some tips on caring for your teeth:
- Brush your teeth daily with fluoride toothpaste
- Replace your toothbrush three to four times a year
- Brush your tongue to remove bacteria from your mouth and help freshen your breath
- Floss daily
- Limit your sugar intake
- Visit your dentist
Limit Sugar Intake
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Preventative Dental Care Services
Exams for Adults
During your visit, Dr. Reece will discuss your diet and oral hygiene habits, including proper brushing and flossing techniques, and the effect your medications or use of tobacco products may have on your oral health.
If you have other concerns you would like to discuss such as the consequence of tooth loss; the benefits of crowns, fixed bridges, or dental implants; or your desire for cosmetic procedures, this would be the ideal time to discuss these concerns.
During your exam, one of our dental hygienists will clean your teeth, identify any gum inflammation or bone loss, and evaluate your risk of developing tooth decay and other oral health problems. They’ll also check your face, mouth, neck, and jaw for any abnormalities. Your exam may also include 3D digital x-rays, which provide complete visual information for Dr. Reece to study your case from every angle, or another diagnostic procedure such as an oral cancer screening.
At the conclusion of your visit, Dr. Reece will discuss all your options with you and help you come up with an oral health plan that suits your needs.
Exams for Children and Adolescents
Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery FAQs
Minimally invasive surgery allows our physicians to use specific surgical techniques that limit the size and number of incisions that need to be made during a surgical procedure. As a result, they can perform surgery without cutting into a lot of skin and muscle, as is done with open gynecologic surgery. Less trauma to the muscles results in less pain, less blood loss, and quicker recovery times.
Minimally invasive surgical approaches can be faster, safer, and require less recovery time. Other potential benefits include
- Better cosmetic results from smaller skin incisions
- Less blood loss from surgery.
- Reduced risk of muscle damage due to reduced trauma to the muscles and soft tissues.
- Reduced risk of infection and postoperative pain.
- Faster recovery from surgery and less rehabilitation required.
- Diminished reliance on pain medications after surgery.
Depending on the baseline health of the patient, many minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries can be done on an outpatient basis.
Typically, patients who undergo minimally invasive gynecologic surgery can return to normal activities within a few weeks. Oftentimes, patients can begin their physical therapy and recovery program sooner than patients who have had open gynecologic surgery, because their pain is less severe. Patients who have conventional (open) gynecologic surgery, typically, have a 6 week recovery period.