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Prevention

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At Devine Dentistry, we believe that prevention is your best defense against potential oral health problems. In many cases, having preventive care will save you time, money and discomfort by avoiding costly dental repairs down the road.

Maintaining a high level of oral health does more than just protect your teeth and mouth. Bacteria in the mouth can spread through the bloodstream and accumulate in the arteries of the heart. Recent medical research also suggests a possible link between oral health issues such as gum disease and life-threatening conditions such as stroke and high blood pressure.

Safeguard your health through one of the following preventive care services, available from the team of professionals at Devine Dentistry.

Prophylaxis: Also referred to as a prophy, a dental cleaning is an intricate part of your oral health. When performed, a prophy completely removes any buildup of tartar and plaque from around your teeth and along the gum line. Only a professional dental cleaning can fully remove this cavity causing buildup. A prophy also can improve the aesthetics of your smile, because many stains on your teeth are removed during the procedure, and your breath also improves. At the conclusion of your dental cleaning, you will also receive a dental exam and oral cancer screening by Nashville dentist Dr. Brian Devine. The purpose of the exam is to check the state of your oral health, and determine if any treatments are necessary to maintain your healthy smile.

Fluoride: This mineral has been used in dentistry for decades as an additional defense against cavities and tooth decay. Fluoride, when applied to teeth, hardens and re-mineralizes small imperfections that develop naturally on tooth surfaces. Fluoride treatments are advised for children to provide additional protection against decay as their teeth and mouth develop. We can administer fluoride treatments in our office in just a few minutes. In some cases, we may recommend fluoride treatments to adults as well.

Sealants: Highly recommended for children, sealants provide an additional barrier of protection against the accumulation of bacteria and plaque, which are the building blocks of tooth decay. A sealant is a plastic coating that is applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants are recommended for back teeth such as molars and bicuspids, which are common “trouble areas” that children have difficulty brushing themselves. We typically apply sealants only to permanent teeth. All sealants used at Devine Dentistry are safe, non-toxic, and BPA-free.

Any preventive care procedure should not be considered a substitute for a thorough regimen of oral hygiene. Remember to brush your teeth twice per day and floss daily, while encouraging these same habits in your children.

Preventive care safeguards against future oral health issues and allows us to identify any problems as soon as possible. Early detection and early treatment can prevent any major damage or even permanent damage being done to your teeth and mouth, and helps safeguard your overall health.

Prevention – Oral Care in Nashville

To learn more about our dental services, contact Devine Dentistry by calling (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation.

Devine Dentistry is proud to provide total oral care for patients in the middle Tennessee communities of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville.