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Preventive Care in Colorado Springs, CO

The Importance Of Preventive Care

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that’s true of dentistry too. Preventive care is at the heart of what we do at Tuttle Family Dentistry. With bi-annual dental visits and other preventive treatments you can avoid common oral health issues like gum disease and cavities completely. This saves you time and money and makes your life much more convenient. So if you’re overdue for a checkup, don’t wait to get the preventive care you need. Contact us now to get started if you are looking for a Colorado Springs dentist! 

Fluoride Treatments & Dental Sealants

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Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments use a highly-fluoridated varnish that is applied to your teeth and left in place for a few minutes to allow your enamel to absorb it. This encourages the minerals to bond with your enamel to strengthen your teeth and reduce your risk of cavities.

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Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are made of a transparent dental resin that is applied directly to your rear teeth. The resin forms a hard, impermeable barrier that stops food particles, bacteria, and acid from contacting your teeth in order to prevent the formation of cavities. Sealants can protect your teeth for up to 10 years.

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Oral Cancer Screenings & Biopsies

We offer oral cancer screenings as part of every preventive care visit at Tuttle Family Dentistry. Oral cancer is rare and often goes unnoticed until it has spread through the rest of your body unless it is detected by a dentist. We use advanced intraoral cameras in tandem with our VELscope VX Enhanced Oral Assessment System to identify potential signs of cancer. This breakthrough technology utilizes a harmless blue light to help visualize any abnormalities that could be missed with the unaided eye, and only takes a few minutes. If we notice anything that concerns us we may recommend taking a biopsy to test lesions and abnormalities for oral cancer.

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How Should I Be Taking Care of My Teeth at Home?

You should brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Avoid using abrasive hard bristles which will erode your enamel. Only use a soft bristle toothbrush to brush your teeth, and don’t forget to brush your tongue which harbors a lot of bacteria. 

Many patients are avid brushers but neglect to floss their teeth. This is a huge problem because most cavities are formed in between the teeth as a result of not flossing. You should floss between all of your teeth at least once a day. If you have braces, oral appliances, or a dental bridge, then you may want to use an interdental brush or water flosser.

Besides your oral hygiene routine, you should also pay attention to your diet. If you have a fluoridated water supply, this will remineralize your teeth and protect them from cavities, unlike bottled water. You should also limit your consumption of sugar and limit snacking throughout the day. Every time you eat, you create an environment for acids to attack your enamel. Over time, this leads to cavities.

How Important Is It to Treat Periodontal Disease?

Treating gum disease is very important because it is only reversible in the early stage. The early stage is known as gingivitis. Here’s the kicker – gingivitis presents as mild symptoms which can go unnoticed if you don’t attend frequent checkups and cleanings. 

These symptoms include red, swollen, tender, bleeding, and receding gums. While this stage doesn’t cause any permanent damage to your teeth or gums, if it’s left untreated, it will only worsen and develop into periodontitis. 

Once you have periodontitis, you will be left with irreversible bone loss and soft tissue damage. Your gum pockets will deepen, gum recession will become severe, your teeth will feel loose, and eventually, your teeth will fall out. 

Then, you will need to spend a lot of time and money on invasive treatments like gum flap surgery, bone and gum grafts, and tooth replacements. All of this can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene and attending regular dental appointments. If you have symptoms of gum disease, contact us today to schedule an appointment.