Preventive Techniques

At Ivy Lane Dentistry, we know that when your teeth aren’t healthy, overall health and well being is negatively affected. That’s why our care team is so committed to thorough, whole-patient dental care. Systematic preventative dental care keeps teeth and body healthy, and helps keep natural teeth in place well into elder age – so important for optimal well being.

Prevention is the Best Cure
Simple, painless prevention measures can save your teeth from decay and damage. So, Ivy Lane Dentistry takes time to coach our patients in personalized prevention regimens, with targeted prevention methods ranging from prescription strength toothpaste to sealants and appliances.

Preventive Methods for Optimal Oral Health

Twice-yearly dental check-up and professional cleaning
Please do not wait for symptoms to occur before having a check-up. Early cavities or gum disease usually have no symptoms at all. Professional cleaning removes plaque build-up that even the most careful brushing and flossing leave behind, keeping gums healthy.

Fluoride Varnish for patients with high decay rate
Fluoride varnish is a type of fluoride applied after dental cleanings to help strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Fluoride varnish is the most effective form of topical anti-cavity agent.

Sealants
Especially recommended for youngsters who are still mastering the art of thorough brushing, sealants can be helpful for any age patient. Sealants fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing  –  such as the back molars  – preventing decay that can lead to cavities. Brilliantly simple and very effective.

Night Guards: Simple and Effective Way to Prevent Tooth Grinding
Bruxing, or grinding of the teeth, is very common  –  and very destructive. Even if you aren’t aware that you grind your teeth at night, your dentist or hygienist can easily spot the problem. Habitual night-time grinding can age and disfigure teeth, wearing the enamel and causing breakage and decay. To prevent the damage caused by grinding, we recommend a custom-fit night guard – a simple and effective step in keeping your teeth for life.