Oral Healthcare & Prevention

Our Preventative Program

An ounce of preventive dental care is certainly worth all the amazing benefits you will find keeping your teeth in great shape, especially since, according to the American Dental Association, nearly half of all adults suffer from some form of gum disease.

Since your teeth are one of the only physical attributes that cannot be hidden, your smile must be preserved at its highest quality. And, because both natural and restorative teeth survive best in an environment that is continually clean and free from food particles, prevention is the only resource you have to preserve your teeth and protect your smile.

Whether you are on a job interview, a first date, seeing an old acquaintance or meeting a new one, your smile is your first impression.

Preventive dental care will make all the difference in avoiding any decline that might reduce your best smile.

The professional preventive care program at the Henderson dental office of Dr. Igantowicz is designed to:

  •  help prevent new cavities
  • preserve teeth that have been restored
  • manage periodontal disease

Your initial visit will include:

  • An anxiety-free oral exam
  • Thorough teeth cleaning
  • Instructions on your very own personal oral hygiene program
  • Reinforcement of your prevention steps at each subsequent visit
  • Our professional preventive dental care program includes continual updates regarding your oral health needs, including any changes to your gums, teeth or any signs of periodontal disease. Your visits will also include updates on your overall health as we look for signs that could affect your teeth and/or gums.

Any effective preventive dental care program includes an aggressive and proper oral hygiene program at home. Let us help you select the proper toothbrush and toothbrush for your custom oral hygiene program. 

You can have the smile you’ve always wanted. How do we know? Because we have helped countless others achieve and maintain the smile they’ve always dreamed about.

Until then, the following dental care program is recommended:

  • brush your teeth twice a day in a circular motion with a soft bristled toothbrush aimed at the gum
  • floss every night in an up and down motion while keeping the floss in a U-shape and against the tooth surface
  • avoid smoking
  • avoid sticky sugary foods and carbonated drinks
  • eat a well-balanced diet
  • use an antiseptic and/or fluoride rinse as directed
  • have sealants placed on young permanent teeth
  • Get started today by contacting our Henderson dental office to create a custom program for you and your teeth so that you will always have a smile you can be proud of.

Flouride Treatments

Until you are 18, your dentist or hygienist should apply a fluoride treatment to your teeth during each dental visit. The concentrated fluoride your dentist uses should remain on your teeth for one minute and should not be rinsed away for at least thirty minutes.

Proper fluoride treatment will strengthen the enamel and make your teeth more resistant to cavities, which is why every dental professional is in agreement when it comes to practicing this treatment for their own patients.

What Is Fluoride?

Now that you’re aware of the benefits fluoride can provide, you may be wondering “what is it, exactly?” It’s quite simple: fluoride is a safe compound that is found throughout nature- in everything from the water we drink to the air that we breathe, as well as in a wide variety of foods.

Why Is Fluoride Important To Teeth?

Fluoride is absorbed into structures, such as bones and teeth, making them stronger and more resistant to fractures and decay. A process in your body called “remineralization” uses fluoride to repair damage caused by decay.

How Do I Get Fluoride?

Simply drinking public water will provide a certain measure of fluoride protection. But for years, health professionals have endorsed the practice of supplementing our intake with certain dietary products and topical fluorides in many toothpastes and some kinds of rinses. 

Beverages such as tea and soda may also contain fluoride, while certain kinds of dental varnishes and gels may be applied directly to teeth to boost fluoride intake. 

Fluoride at Your Dental Office

Until you are 18, your dentist or hygienist should apply a fluoride treatment to your teeth during each dental visit. The concentrated fluoride your dentist uses should remain on your teeth for one minute and should not be rinsed away for at least thirty minutes. 

Proper fluoride treatment will strengthen the enamel and make your teeth more resistant to cavities, which is why every dental professional is in agreement when it comes to practicing this treatment for their own patients.

Sealants

What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are thin plastic-like coatings that protect the chewing surfaces of children’s back teeth from decay (cavities). Because they have small pits and grooves, these surfaces are rough and uneven, which makes it easy for food and germs to get stuck. Unfortunately, you cannot brush this debris away with standard toothbrush bristles, which can lead to tooth decay over time. This is where dental sealants come in; filling in the pits and grooves in order to keep food and germs out. Now that you’re aware of what sealants are, you may have a few further questions to figure out if they are right for your child. Luckily, the Vegas Tooth Doctor team is here to provide you with answers.

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Why are Dental Sealants Needed?

Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as they come in-before decay can attack the teeth. Sealants — in addition to daily brushing and flossing, drinking fluoridated water, and regular dental check-ups — are imperative for your child’s oral health and the best defense against tooth decay.

Are Dental Sealants Painful?

Fear is a common reaction to any dental procedure (it’s even a known phobia) especially when the procedure is for your child. With this in mind, you may be wondering if the dental sealant application process is painful. Fortunately, the answer is no. Dental sealants are virtually painless, as they are typically made up of resin that is brushed onto the teeth before they harden.

What’s More?

The process itself only takes a few minutes, which is great news for even the most ansy child. Once applied, the resin hardens into a plastic-like material in just a few seconds. Your dentist may use a light to cure the material, which can make the process even quicker.

Where to go for Dental Sealants in Henderson, NV?

If you’re in the Henderson, Nevada area, you need a team of dental professionals you can trust to provide the best dental care for your child. At the offices of Joshua Ignatowicz, we’re dedicated to improving and sustaining the oral health of all of our patients. We do this by providing impeccable dental procedures while building incredible patient/dentist relationships. If your child is in need of dental sealants, or any of our additional dental services, you can count on the Vegas Tooth Doctor.

Treating Bad Breath

It is important to conduct thorough oral hygiene at home twice daily utilizing tooth brushing with a fluoride antibacterial toothpaste and flossing to remove food debris and plaque on teeth, bridgework, and implants, and brushing the tongue to remove odor-causing bacteria.  These bad breath tips and tricks will help you to fresher breath and better hygiene. A published study reported that tongue and tooth brushing in combination with dental flossing significantly decreased bleeding of the gum tissue over a two week period of time as well as reduced bad breath. Another clinical study conducted by the University of Buffalo dental researchers confirmed that brushing twice a day with an antibacterial toothpaste and using a tooth brush with a tongue cleaner can eliminate bad breath. Tongue Cleaning is the Key to Fresher, Cleaner Breath.

More Bad Breath Tips

Cleaning your tongue is very important. You can purchase a Colgate 360 toothbrush with the tongue cleaner on the back of the toothbrush for cleaning both your teeth and tongue. After tooth brushing your upper and lower teeth with an antibacterial toothpaste, flip the toothbrush over to the tongue cleaner and place the tongue cleaner in the posterior region of the tongue and move it forward to the anterior section of the tongue. After you have scraped that portion of the tongue, rinse the tongue brush off with warm water to remove any odor causing bacteria. Then replace the tongue brush in the next posterior section again and repeat as described above. 

Consult your dentist or dental hygienist when choosing oral hygiene aids to help you eliminate plaque and odor causing bacteria and review the techniques that should be utilized at home. Also, ask your dental professional what oral hygiene care products they would consider your use to help eliminate bad breath (antibacterial toothpaste, antiseptic mouth rinse, tongue brushes or scrapers and interproximal cleaning devices).

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