Preventive Dentistry Can Protect Your Smile and Foster Lifelong Oral Health


dental cleaningYou know that brushing and flossing is important, but you may not realize the true significance of professional dental care. At Colorado Premier Dental, we provide preventive dentistry treatments to ensure that you achieve and maintain healthy gums and teeth. With regular care, we can remove harmful oral bacteria and reduce your risk for decay, gum disease, and other concerns. Preventive dentistry treatments at our Lakewood, CO, practice include exams, cleanings, and oral cancer screenings. Brian J. Polidori, DDS, also uses advanced digital x-rays to make accurate diagnoses. If you require additional care, he will create a unique treatment plan specifically to meet your needs.

Preventive Treatments 

Every time you come in for a regular appointment, we will provide a complete cleaning and exam. Your hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, using gentle techniques that will involve negligible discomfort. After your cleaning, Dr. Polidori will visually inspect your teeth and gums. He will look for structural damage, signs of decay, gum inflammation, and related concerns.

Dr. Polidori will also perform an oral cancer screening. During this examination, he will look for potential signs of cancer, such as sores or white patches on your gums. Though mouth sores are often harmless, he will order a biopsy if he notices anything unusual.

Professional preventive care is equally important as daily brushing and flossing.

In most cases, we will take x-rays at every other visit. However, we may do so more often if you are suffering from a toothache or other symptoms. Our digital x-rays provide instant high-resolution images allowing Dr. Polidori to identify dental problems in the earliest stages.

The Importance of Preventive Dentistry

Professional preventive care is essential if you want to avoid dental decay and gum disease. Even when you brush and floss daily, oral bacteria can accumulate. Sticky plaque and hard tartar eventually form, and can eventually result in cavities. Eventually, the bacteria can also spread to your gums, creating pockets in the tissues. These pockets will grow larger as bacteria multiply, and your gums will start to pull away from your tooth roots.

Regular cleanings can prevent these problems from occurring. Your hygienist will be able to remove plaque and tartar, allowing you to achieve a "clean slate" for another six months. Plus, with routine exams, Dr. Polidori can detect any other issues in the earliest stages, when they are easiest to treat.

Further, it is also important to visit the dentist so that you can receive regular oral cancer screenings. Oral cancer is often fatal when it goes undetected until the advanced stages. With our routine tests, Dr. Polidori can detect the disease in the earliest possible stages, when it is easiest to treat.

How Often Should You Undergo Preventive Treatments?

In most cases, we recommend that you come in for an exam and cleaning twice a year. However, if you have already been diagnosed with gum disease or oral cancer, you may need to make more frequent appointments. In addition, if you have a history of chronic decay, you may benefit from three to four visits per year.

Contact Colorado Premier Dental

Do not overlook your regular dental care. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you experience a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles.