With proper care, your natural teeth will stay healthy and strong. Our goal is to help our patients have healthy gums and teeth, including regular cleanings performed in-office. No matter how carefully you brush and floss, regular professional cleanings are important to the future health of your gums and teeth.
Custom Treatments to Ward Off Cavities and Gum Disease
At Pasadena Smile Center, Dr. Molayem works closely with each patient, and provides them with a custom plan to prevent future cavities, tooth loss, and gum disease. Every person is different, and your prevention plan could include several steps, based upon the current condition of your teeth and gums. Some of the treatments and processes we may recommend to help you preserve your teeth include:
Regular professional cleanings: A professional cleaning is a critical aspect of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. While most people require these cleanings every six months, some others benefit from four cleanings per year.
Dental sealants: Your teeth may need to be protected with a sealant. These are a coating placed on the chewing surface of the teeth, or in some cases, to protect any areas in which the root of the tooth is exposed. Sealants are long-lasting, and may be a recommended part of your prevention plan.
Fluoride treatments: Fluoride occurs naturally in many water supplies, and is typically added to city water. Many people choose to drink bottled water, rather than tap water, and may need this treatment. Fluoride helps teeth resist the acids from plaque and sugar, and can even reverse early tooth decay.
Healthy eating habits: If you brushed your teeth after every meal, it would benefit you. While it is recommended that you do, even more frequent brushings can remove the debris left from snacking or drinking sugary drinks. If you avoid constant snacking and switch to water rather than sugary drinks such as soda, fruit juices, or sweetened coffee or tea, your teeth and mouth will benefit. Always at least rinse your mouth with water after eating.
Antibacterial treatments: Serious cases of gum disease may require special antibacterial treatments to halt the growth of bacteria under the gums.