25 Feb Preventive Dentistry: Your First Line of Defense for a Healthy Smile
The prevention of oral disease promotes affordable dentistry, which saves patients time and money spent on dental treatments like endodontic therapy and restorations like crowns. Our holistic dentist strives to prevent disease wherever possible with dietary and oral hygiene education, thorough dental cleanings and checkups, ozone therapy, and small biocompatible restorations.
Dietary Considerations and Oral Hygiene Education
Affordable dentistry starts with patients adopting a low-sugar diet with moderate carbohydrate consumption and committing to vigilant oral hygiene practices.
Bad diets can literally feed the bacteria responsible for oral diseases. Sugar and starches (which convert into sugar molecules) serve as natural food sources for bacteria. What we eat also affects our oral pH, which can increase the risks for developing fungal and bacterial infections. Eating leafy greens, vibrant vegetables, and lean protein sources is ideal for promoting total wellness and healthy immune function.
Oral hygiene prevents disease. Patients should brush thoroughly twice a day for two minutes each time. They should also floss every day to keep the gums and spaces between teeth free of surface debris. Proper oral hygiene will control the development of plaque and bacterial growth, too.
Thorough Dental Cleanings and Checkups
Our holistic dentist performs thorough dental checkups to detect the development of potential issues as early as possible. Early detection can prevent the development of destructive conditions like dental caries and periodontal disease. Our practice also administers thorough cleanings, which contribute to the prevention of problematic conditions. Dental cleanings prevent the development of gum disease by removing plaque and tartar accumulation. They also help control oral bacteria and promote a cleaner oral environment.
Our practice provides ozone therapy for the prevention of disease and for controlling pathogenic irritants. Ozone therapy delivers an oxidized burst to specific areas of the oral cavity, which kills cavity- and infection-causing bacteria. This form of preventive treatment is holistic and non-invasive.
Biocompatible Restorations to Prevent Advanced Decay
When the need for restorations arises, our practice provides biocompatible alternatives to restorative materials like amalgam. We utilize compounds like porcelain and composite resin, which both promote a beautiful aesthetic without potentially harmful materials.
Call the office of Dr. Philip Kozlow today to learn more about affordable dentistry and schedule an appointment.