Preventative Dentistry

Sampson Dental Group is pleased to offer excellent preventative care to help you maintain your dental health. Don’t wait until a dental issue occurs! Stay ahead of the game by learning more about how preventive dentistry can improve your smile.

Dental Hygiene

Everyday hygiene should include brushing, flossing and rinsing. This is an excellent way to prevent dental issues from developing. This should be followed up by regular cleanings to take care of what you can’t see or reach in your daily hygiene. Even if you are practicing good hygiene, after a while there is a buildup of plaque that can discolor your teeth and allow bacteria to flourish. During a cleaning, this buildup will be thoroughly removed. Your hygienist will even clean below the gum line to help prevent gum disease and gingivitis. Even if you have healthy teeth, it is still important to have routine dental cleanings. They can help you avoid problems like the following:

  • Tooth decay and cavities
  • Bleeding or receding gums
  • Gum disease
  • Gingivitis

The Benefits

Excellent oral health has a much stronger impact on your overall health than many people realize. By practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly, your smile will greatly benefit, boosting your self-confidence. In addition:

  • You will enjoy a wider range of food.
  • Your everyday level of comfort will be greater.
  • Your natural teeth will last longer.
  • The health of your heart will improve.
  • Your immune system will be stronger.

When you are in for an exam and cleaning, your dentist will also be able to diagnose if you are in need of a filling, a root canal, or some other procedure. Even if you have no dental issues to confront, a regular checkup is a good idea to make sure that you are following good hygiene practices in order to prevent gingivitis, cavities, and other issues.

Preventative Sealants

An excellent way to prevent dental decay is through the use of dental sealants. These are thin coatings that can be applied to the hidden surfaces and grooves on the teeth. The majority of tooth decay occurs on these hidden surfaces. This plastic sealant keeps food particles and germs out of the hidden crevices, helping to prevent tooth decay.

The Process

Applying sealants is not a long or uncomfortable process. The tooth is cleaned, and then a special gel is applied to the surface of the tooth for a few seconds. Next, the dentist washes and dries the tooth. The dentist will then paint the sealant on the surface of the tooth. Finally, the dentist will shine a light to harden the sealant. This process is quick and easy and is minimally invasive, meaning that there is little pain involved with this procedure.

Sealants can usually only be seen from an up-close perspective. They are made to match the color of your surrounding teeth.
Sealants are very thin and are applied where there are pits and grooves in the molars.
A sealant will typically last for five to ten years. They should be checked regularly at your scheduled exams and cleanings. They can be reapplied if necessary.
Sealants are not a replacement for fluoride. The fluorides that are found in mouth rinse, toothpaste, and community water supplies will protect your teeth from decay in a different way than sealants.
Sealants are one component in preventing decay and disease in the teeth. A complete program of preventative dental care will also include brushing twice a day, a healthy diet, fluoride and regular dental exams with cleanings.

Don’t put off visiting your dentist any longer! If you live in the Columbus, OH Metropolitan area, take care of your dental health by contacting our office to set up your next appointment!

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