A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the Fairwinds Dental Clinic by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health. Prevention also includes regular dental exams, hygiene care, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth. Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.
Cleaning & Prevention
Your Fairwinds Dental Clinic dentist is an oral health expert and knows how the health of your teeth, gums and mouth relates to your general health. Only your dentist has the training, skills and expertise to:
Examine and diagnose your oral health condition. Recommend and carry out treatment, and inform you about the general oral health and/or post-operative care you need.
The Dental Hygienist
The dental hygienist works in conjunction with your dentist to prevent dental disease and keep your mouth healthy. The dental hygienist is registered and certified to clean your teeth and discuss with you the importance of caring for your teeth and gums at home. The dental hygienist may do a basic exam of your teeth and gums, and will inform your dentist about the results of the exam.
In some dental offices, the dentist alone performs the exam and may also provide dental hygiene care. Your dental hygienist may take X-rays, make dental impressions or clean, polish and apply fluoride to your teeth.
Taking proper care of your teeth and gums is a lifelong commitment. It includes a good oral hygiene routine that you follow at home, as well as regular visits to your dentist and an overall Fairwinds Dental Team approach to your oral care.