Hamptons Dentist Dental Care

PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY

Preventive dentistry is all that you should do to take care of your teeth and gums: brushing, flossing, eating a healthy diet, and scheduling regular continuing-care dental hygiene appointments. At Hampton Dentistry, we take great pride in our emphasis on “preventive dentistry”.

 

Preventive procedures, such as sealants, can prevent tooth decay. Regular dental checkups and oral cancer screenings can catch oral cancer at its most treatable stages. Treatments resulting from preventive dental procedures are designed to stop the process of the disease. Restorative dentistry, including the placement of fillings, crowns, and dental work, addresses tooth decay and tooth loss that can result from periodontal disease. Periodontal treatments help restore healthy gums and can prevent tooth loss.

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Preventive dentistry focuses on those procedures and life practices that help people to prevent the beginning or progression of oral disease. It includes at-home dental care performed by patients, as well as dental care and education by the professional dental staff in our practice. Dental checkups and consistent at-home preventive dental care can stave off caries (tooth decay) and periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss. Regular dental checkups can reduce the risk of permanent tooth and gum damage, and expensive treatment in the future. As a result of preventive dental care, people tend to keep their original teeth throughout life and don’t need as much restorative dental work. Preventive dental examinations also ensure that a dentist will notice any oral signs of systemic disease. A dental checkup might reveal a lesion in the mouth that could lead to a referral to a physician for further investigation.

 

Preventive dental care should begin in infancy, within the first year of life before teeth first appear, and continue throughout life. Even before teeth erupt, parents can clean infants’ gums after feeding. Preventive care in adolescence includes brushing and flossing, as well as wearing custom-made mouth guards to protect the teeth during contact sports. Considering that 75% of Americans have some form of dental disease, regular dental visits are particularly important for adults. Seniors often benefit from training in proper techniques of denture care and cleaning, which include brushing the replacement teeth.

Prophylaxis

Preventive care includes prophylaxis, or the cleaning of the teeth, which removes accumulations of calculus. It includes examination of the teeth and soft tissue, using visual and tactile exams, radiographic examination, such as x rays, and oral cancer screening. We look for early signs of periodontal disease, dental decay, and changes in the soft tissue of the mouth that could lead to oral cancer. We also look for malocclusion, and might refer patients to a dental specialist, such as an orthodontist, to correct a bad bite.

Brushing & Flossing Techniques

An important part of preventive care is educating our patients about at-home care, nutrition, and smoking cessation. Our professional staff explains proper brushing and flossing techniques. Proper brushing includes use of a soft nylon toothbrush with round-ended bristles. Patients should place the bristles along the gum line at a 45-degree angle to cover the tooth surface and gum line. The brushing technique should be gentle and in a rolling back-and-forth motion, with two to three teeth being brushed at a time. Patients should brush the inner surfaces of their teeth and tilt the brush vertically to brush the front teeth. Ideally, patients should use a back-and-forth motion to brush the biting surface of the teeth and the tongue. Flossing removes plaque from between teeth and at the gum line. It should be done with an 18-inch strip of floss wrapped around the middle fingers of each hand. The thumbs should direct the remaining one-to-two inches of floss that is inserted between the teeth. By keeping the floss taut, patients can use their index fingers to guide the floss between the lower teeth with a gentle zigzag motion, while contouring the floss around the sides of the teeth. They should floss each tooth with a clean section of the floss and ensure that the floss goes under the gum line.

  • Calculus – A hard deposit formed when teeth are not brushed properly.
  • Dental decay – The destruction of the tooth enamel.
  • Fluoride – A naturally occurring mineral in all water sources, which effectively prevents and reverses the early signs of tooth decay.
  • Malocclusion – Bad bite.
  • Periodontal disease – Gum disease, which is an infection of the soft tissues supporting the teeth.
  • Plaque – The thin, sticky film of bacteria that grows on teeth.
  • Prophylaxis – Dental cleaning

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OUR LOCATION

27 Old Riverhead Rd, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

Preventative Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is all that you should do to take care of your teeth and gums: brushing, flossing, eating a healthy diet, and scheduling regular continuing-care dental hygiene appointments. At Hampton Dentistry, we take great pride in our emphasis on “preventive dentistry”.

 

Preventive procedures, such as sealants, can prevent tooth decay. Regular dental checkups and oral cancer screenings can catch oral cancer at its most treatable stages. Treatments resulting from preventive dental procedures are designed to stop the process of the disease. Restorative dentistry, including the placement of fillings, crowns, and dental work, addresses tooth decay and tooth loss that can result from periodontal disease. Periodontal treatments help restore healthy gums and can prevent tooth loss.

+ Read more

Preventive dentistry focuses on those procedures and life practices that help people to prevent the beginning or progression of oral disease. It includes at-home dental care performed by patients, as well as dental care and education by the professional dental staff in our practice. Dental checkups and consistent at-home preventive dental care can stave off caries (tooth decay) and periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss. Regular dental checkups can reduce the risk of permanent tooth and gum damage, and expensive treatment in the future. As a result of preventive dental care, people tend to keep their original teeth throughout life and don’t need as much restorative dental work. Preventive dental examinations also ensure that a dentist will notice any oral signs of systemic disease. A dental checkup might reveal a lesion in the mouth that could lead to a referral to a physician for further investigation.

 

Preventive dental care should begin in infancy, within the first year of life before teeth first appear, and continue throughout life. Even before teeth erupt, parents can clean infants’ gums after feeding. Preventive care in adolescence includes brushing and flossing, as well as wearing custom-made mouth guards to protect the teeth during contact sports. Considering that 75% of Americans have some form of dental disease, regular dental visits are particularly important for adults. Seniors often benefit from training in proper techniques of denture care and cleaning, which include brushing the replacement teeth.

Prophylaxis

Preventive care includes prophylaxis, or the cleaning of the teeth, which removes accumulations of calculus. It includes examination of the teeth and soft tissue, using visual and tactile exams, radiographic examination, such as x rays, and oral cancer screening. We look for early signs of periodontal disease, dental decay, and changes in the soft tissue of the mouth that could lead to oral cancer. We also look for malocclusion, and might refer patients to a dental specialist, such as an orthodontist, to correct a bad bite.

Brushing & Flossing Techniques

An important part of preventive care is educating our patients about at-home care, nutrition, and smoking cessation. Our professional staff explains proper brushing and flossing techniques. Proper brushing includes use of a soft nylon toothbrush with round-ended bristles. Patients should place the bristles along the gum line at a 45-degree angle to cover the tooth surface and gum line. The brushing technique should be gentle and in a rolling back-and-forth motion, with two to three teeth being brushed at a time. Patients should brush the inner surfaces of their teeth and tilt the brush vertically to brush the front teeth. Ideally, patients should use a back-and-forth motion to brush the biting surface of the teeth and the tongue. Flossing removes plaque from between teeth and at the gum line. It should be done with an 18-inch strip of floss wrapped around the middle fingers of each hand. The thumbs should direct the remaining one-to-two inches of floss that is inserted between the teeth. By keeping the floss taut, patients can use their index fingers to guide the floss between the lower teeth with a gentle zigzag motion, while contouring the floss around the sides of the teeth. They should floss each tooth with a clean section of the floss and ensure that the floss goes under the gum line.

  • Calculus – A hard deposit formed when teeth are not brushed properly.
  • Dental decay – The destruction of the tooth enamel.
  • Fluoride – A naturally occurring mineral in all water sources, which effectively prevents and reverses the early signs of tooth decay.
  • Malocclusion – Bad bite.
  • Periodontal disease – Gum disease, which is an infection of the soft tissues supporting the teeth.
  • Plaque – The thin, sticky film of bacteria that grows on teeth.
  • Prophylaxis – Dental cleaning

Schedule An Appointment





 

 

OUR LOCATION

27 Old Riverhead Rd, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

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