Preventive dentistry is the best bargain in health care and a fundamental part of general dentistry. Taking good care of your teeth can help you avoid not just tooth damage or loss, but also many related health conditions. Preventive dentistry breaks into three parts: diet, home hygiene, and professional care.
Eating a tooth-healthy diet means reducing your intake of sugar and acid, and increasing your intake of necessary vitamins and minerals. Home hygiene means brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing your teeth every day. Note that you can be too aggressive with your tooth brushing. Brushing too often with toothpaste can wear your tooth enamel away, and aggressive brushing can damage your gums.
You should supplement your home health routine with regular dental visits. At your preventive visits, we clean your teeth thoroughly and check for developing problems we can head off before they become too serious. For most people, a visit every six months is sufficient, but we might recommend more or less often for you.
Although brushing and flossing are effective ways to prevent cavities, it’s not always the easiest to remove plaque and debris from the tiniest nooks and crannies of your molars. Fortunately, dental sealants are the perfect safety net to keep your molars clean and cavity-free. Sealants are a thin protective layer of protective coating applied to the chewing surface of molars. Its purpose is to fill in the small nooks and crannies of your teeth so that plaque and food particles don’t become stuck. Although they’re not a substitute for brushing and flossing, they can prevent the earliest stages of tooth decay from occurring.
Studies show that dental sealants reduce the risk of tooth decay by 80% which is why we highly recommend them for our patients. During each dental exam and cleaning, Dr. Strober will examine your existing dental sealants and let you know if they need replacement. If you don’t already have sealants, talk to Dr. Strober to find out if they’re a good option for you.
At Country Club Dentistry, we aim to provide our patients with the most effective preventive dentistry solutions on the market. One way we’re helping our patients prevent cavities and bad breath is by recommending OraCare mouthwash. OraCare uses chlorine dioxide to destroy bacteria in the mouth that can lead to gum disease and bad breath. Also, it promotes the healing process in the mouth, neutralizes volatile sulfur compounds that lead to bad breath, breaks down biofilm, and overall, helps our patients improve their oral health. OraCare is as easy to use as a traditional mouthwash but provides so many more benefits.
We highly recommend OraCare for our patients who:
- Use tobacco products
- Sleep with their mouth open
- Are prone to canker sores
- Have a white/yellow coating on their tongue
- Suffer from bad breath
- Have dry mouth
- Are prone to gum disease
Whether you struggle with any of the problems listed above or not, your oral health can likely benefit from OraCare. Talk to Dr. Strober today to find out if OraCare is right for you.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease is a chronic infection of the area around your teeth. It’s also called periodontal disease. The mild form is called gingivitis, and when it becomes serious, we call it periodontitis.
Gum disease isn’t just the leading cause of tooth loss among adults, it’s a major health risk that’s been linked to:
- Pregnancy complications
- Heart disease
It’s important to get gum disease treated to protect your oral and overall health. If we catch it early, treatment is easy, too: just improved oral hygiene.
We like to protect your teeth and gums, but if we can’t we want to restore them to their former beauty and function. The general dentistry procedures we recommend for this depend on the level of damage to the tooth, but includes procedures like:
If we can’t preserve a tooth, we can replace it. Dental implants make the best tooth replacement option.
Our full-service dentistry practice even offers a number of oral surgery procedures. Taking care of these procedures here saves you the time and expense of tracking down a specialist. It also helps ensure continuity of care so you don’t need to worry about communication errors from going between practices.
The oral surgery procedures we offer include:
- Dental implant placement
- Wisdom tooth and other extractions
For other oral surgery, we might need to refer you to a specialist.
Looking for General Dentistry in Coachella Valley?
If you are unhappy with the quality of care at your current general dentist, we invite you to find a better way at Country Club Dentistry in Rancho Mirage, where Dr. Rod Strober helps patients from across Coachella Valley.