Preventive Dental Care in Paramus

What is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is a crucial aspect of oral health that focuses on maintaining healthy teeth and gums. This type of dentistry aims to prevent dental problems before they occur, reducing the risk of cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. Regular visits to Rochelle Dental, under the expert care of Dr. Viccaro & Dr. Lo, are part of preventive dentistry. These visits typically include professional cleanings, comprehensive examinations, and patient education to ensure optimal oral health. Preventive dentistry is the foundation of a healthy smile and is vital for people of all ages.

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Preventive dentistry can reduce the risk of developing serious dental problems by up to 85%.

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The Preventive Dentistry Treatment Process

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Comprehensive Dental Exam

A comprehensive dental exam is the first step in preventive dentistry. During this exam, Dr. Viccaro or Dr. Lo will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs of problems. They may use diagnostic tools like X-rays to detect issues that may not be visible to the naked eye. This step is crucial in identifying potential problems early, allowing for more effective and less invasive treatment options.

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Professional Dental Cleaning

The second step is a professional dental cleaning, also known as prophylaxis. During this procedure, a dental hygienist will carefully remove plaque and tartar build-up that regular brushing and flossing can't reach. This process is vital in preventing gum disease and cavities. After the cleaning, your teeth will be polished to remove stains and further plaque, leaving your mouth fresh and your smile brighter.

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Patient Education

The third step in preventive dentistry is patient education. At Rochelle Dental, we believe that informed patients make the best decisions about their oral health. We take the time to explain the importance of good oral hygiene practices, such as proper brushing and flossing techniques, the role of diet in oral health, and the importance of regular dental visits. This knowledge empowers you to take an active role in maintaining your oral health.

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Did you know…

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People who regularly visit their dentist for preventive care have fewer dental EMERGENCIES.

Have questions about preventive dentistry? Find answers here.

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How do I brush my teeth properly?

Brushing is an integral part of keeping up with your oral health, and proper technique makes it even more effective. We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time. Be sure to hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and, using small, circular strokes, clean the front, back, and chewing surfaces of each tooth, spending about 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth. Use an ADA-approved toothpaste that is rich in fluoride, and replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every 3-4 months, or when the bristles begin fraying or looking worn.

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How do I floss properly?

Daily flossing is just as essential as daily brushing when it comes to keeping up with your oral health. Flossing is easy once you know the proper technique, and can dislodge plaque, bacteria, and food particles that you can’t reach with a toothbrush alone, and is the best way to keep gum disease at bay.

To properly floss, gather about 24 inches of dental floss, and wind most of it around an index or middle finger. Wrap the remaining few inches around the index finger of your other hand, keeping about 1-inch of floss taut between your hands. Gently glide the floss between your teeth, being careful not to force it, as it can slip and damage your gums. If you’re having trouble getting the floss between your teeth, try a gentle side-to-side rocking motion instead. Once the floss is between your teeth, follow the c-shaped curve of the tooth and slide it into the gum line, and repeat for both sides of every tooth. Also, be sure to wind a new 1-inch section of floss between teeth to help prevent the spread of bacteria.

What's the difference between prophylactic cleanings and periodontal cleanings?

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Prophylactic cleanings, also called preventive or “regular” cleanings, are performed during your routine dental appointments. They should be scheduled every 6 months, and are essential in helping to prevent decay, gum disease, and to keep your breath fresh. During these cleanings, we’ll remove any plaque, tartar, or bacterial buildup and floss between your teeth to ensure your continued oral health.

Periodontal cleanings, sometimes referred to as “deep cleanings,” are for patients with periodontal, or gum, disease. These cleaning sessions are more thorough, and are aimed at halting the progression of gum disease. Your dentists or hygienist will scrape away any plaque or tartar buildup from between your teeth and below the gum line. They may also carefully smooth out the roots of your teeth, to eliminate pockets that trap bacteria and allow gum disease to flourish.

Is preventive care covered by dental insurance?

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Most dental insurance policies fully cover routine preventive care like cleanings, exams, and x-rays. However, some plans may only partially cover preventive dental care. Certain policies may even cover optional treatments, like dental sealants and fluoride treatments. The best way to find out what your plan covers is to review your policy or get in touch with your provider for specific details. Or, you can give us a call today to speak with one of our friendly team members to see how we can help you maximize your benefits.

Did you know…

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Save yourself money, time, and future dental pain by keeping up with your preventive care.

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