Preventive Care

Hyattsville Dental Care

General Dentist located in Hyattsville, MD

Preventive care can save you time and money on costly restorative treatments in the future. At Hyattsville Dental Care in Hyattsville, Maryland, George Harding, DDS, and the team provide exceptional preventive care to protect your teeth against decay, injury, and general wear-and-tear. To learn more about the benefits of preventive care, call Hyattsville Dental Care or schedule an appointment online today.

Preventive Care Q & A

What is preventive care?

Preventive care refers to the routine maintenance that protects your teeth throughout your life. With proper preventive care, you can keep your teeth healthy now and in the future. 

Not only does this regular care protect your teeth against damage, tooth decay, and general wear-and-tear, it can save you time and money. 

Preventive treatments, like teeth cleanings, dental sealants, and fillings are far less time-consuming and expensive than restorations, such as dental crowns, bridges, and implants.

What are the most common preventive care services?

The team at Hyattsville Dental Care provides a wide range of preventive care services, including:

Teeth cleaning

A teeth cleaning is a preventive measure that removes plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth. During a teeth cleaning, the team uses special dental instruments to remove plaque and bacteria before thoroughly brushing your teeth. Your dentist may also apply a fluoride treatment to protect your teeth against cavities.

Dental exam

The team usually performs a dental exam along with a teeth cleaning. A dental exam is a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, gums, bite, and underlying structures. The team may take X-rays to monitor your tooth development and any changes to your tooth-supporting bone and tissues.

Dental sealants

A dental sealant is a protective coating that the team can apply to the chewing surfaces of your back molars. Anybody can benefit from sealants, but they’re most common in children.

Oral cancer screening

An oral cancer screening evaluates the soft tissues of your mouth to check for abnormal growths and sores. If your dentist identifies an irregular lesion, they perform a biopsy and send the sample out for testing.

How can I practice preventive care?

Preventive care is a team effort between you and your dentist. Visiting Hyattsville Dental Care at least twice a year for regular dental exams and teeth cleanings can help prevent the accumulation of plaque and bacteria. 

Practicing good oral hygiene habits at home also protects your teeth against decay and damage. To keep your teeth healthy throughout life, you should:

  • Brush and floss twice a day
  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Avoid tobacco
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation
  • Limit your intake of sugary and acidic drinks
  • Use a fluoride mouth rinse

Always talk to your dentist at Hyattsville Dental Care about any concerns or questions you have regarding your oral health.

To learn more about preventive care, call Hyattsville Dental Care or book an appointment online now.