Preventive Dentistry From Our New Orleans Dentist!
When you think of the dentist, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you’re like numerous people, it’s probably things like fillings, root canals, and other problem-solving techniques. If you’ve been nervous about seeing the dentist for that reason, then you should know that it’s very easy to avoid these kinds of procedures with preventive dentistry from our New Orleans dentist from 7 O’Clock Dental!
Preventive dentistry is all about protecting your teeth along with identifying, diagnosing, and treating problems before they become serious. Dr. John Tripp uses a variety of preventive techniques at our New Orleans dentist office, each offering protection against common risks factors.
Our Preventive Services
Cleanings and Exams
The cornerstone of a healthy mouth is a clean mouth, and practicing good oral hygiene at home just isn’t enough! There are an incredible amount of nooks and crannies for plaque to hide, allowing for bacteria to flourish and the acids they produce to eat away at your enamel. Professional cleanings are the best way to eliminate plaque from the spots you might miss!
A cleaning isn’t complete without a thorough examination of your mouth using the state-of-the-art technology at our New Orleans office! Digital X-rays, intraoral cameras, and other high-tech equipment enables us to get a remarkable look at your teeth. This results in faster, more accurate diagnoses of problems before they become serious!
As part of your preventive treatments, we’ll use fluoride to protect your teeth. Fluoride has the remarkable ability to remineralize your teeth, meaning that it rebuilds enamel that has been lost due to the normal wear and tear on your teeth between visits.
Plaque that builds up on your teeth is home to countless bacteria, which produce acids that slowly erode your enamel. Left unchecked, this can cause tooth decay and cavities, but with normal professional cleanings and fluoride treatment, we can reverse the damage before it becomes serious!
We offer two kinds of fluoride treatment: traditional gel and fluoride varnish. Both are effective in repairing your enamel, and your choice is more a matter of preference. The gel is placed in a tray that sits in your mouth for several minutes, which allows the fluoride to start working. Varnish is “painted” onto your teeth and works over a longer period of time to rebuild enamel and protect your teeth.
Dental sealants are a simple and incredibly effective way to prevent damage to the chewing surfaces of your molars. The deep valleys of your teeth are a breeding ground for plaque, and by thoroughly cleaning the area and sealing it with dental resin, we can stop tooth decay before it starts. Able to last for years, dental sealants are quick and incredibly reliable! We can add them in just a few minutes during a regular appointment!
If you or someone in your family plays sports, it’s important to make sure your teeth are protected! We are able to make custom-fit athletic mouthguards that protect against damage due to impact from a hard hit or any other kind of sports injury.
Athletic mouthguards are also essential due to their ability to prevent concussions – the force of your jaws slamming together is a major risk factor for brain damage!
Do you grind your teeth? You might not even know it if you’re doing so in your sleep! Teeth grinding puts you at risk for cavities, premature tooth wear, and even tooth loss! We can stop the damage caused by your tooth grinding, or bruxism, with a custom-built mouthguard that you wear when you sleep. If you’re worried about grinding your teeth, make an appointment today!
The number one cause of damage to your teeth is decay. Everyone has plaque that builds up in their mouths over the course of the day, and that plaque contains bacteria that produce tooth-eating acids. The foods you eat are a major part of the plaque formation on your teeth, and foods high in carbohydrates are especially big contributors!
At 7 O’Clock Dental, we believe in practicing a healthy diet that will help protect your teeth from plaque and decay, and we’re happy to offer nutritional counseling as part of our preventive dentistry services. Dr. Tripp will sit down with you to discuss ways to improve your diet and prevent the formation of tooth-destroying plaque!
Using our thorough lineup of preventive dental techniques and procedures, we aim to keep your teeth healthy and your smile happy for years! If you’re ready to take control of your oral health, call our New Orleans dentist office today at 504-266-0664 or make an appointment using our online form! We hope to see you soon!
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