Preventive Dentistry in Port Charlotte, FL

Preventive Dentistry

At R. Boyd Gilleland DDS in Port Charlotte, we offer a wide range of dental treatments to improve the look of your smile (cosmetic dentistry) and to restore health to the teeth if they should become damaged in some way (restorative dentistry). We also provide preventive dentistry, to maintain the health of the teeth and gums and avoid the need for any restorative treatments.

Benefits of preventive dentistry

As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Though we can address practically any dental issue you might have, from cavities to lost teeth, it is much more affordable to maintain healthy teeth than to undergo any kind of procedure. Not only is there the cost to consider, but depending on how far they’ve progressed, dental problems can be difficult to treat and sometimes quite painful. Preventive dentistry consists of a number of easy and inexpensive methods of detecting and preventing dental issues. It also includes procedures used to arrest tooth decay and stop other dental issues from progressing.

Preventive dentistry procedures

  • Cleanings: one of the integral steps to maintaining good oral hygiene. Dental cleanings are the opportunity to remove disease-causing plaque and calculus (tartar) from the tooth surfaces, particularly the hard-to-reach areas near the gum line and in the back of the mouth.
  • Dental sealants: protect tooth surfaces from plaque and debris, helping to prevent tooth decay. This treatment is usually recommended for younger patients and consists of applying a thin plastic coating to the surfaces of the back teeth (molars).
  • Fluoride treatments: fluoride is a mineral that helps to strengthen tooth enamel. It can be found in certain foods we eat and most public sources of water, but having it applied directly to the tooth surfaces adds a level of protection against cavities.
  • Mouthguards: tooth decay and gum disease are not the only things that can harm the teeth. Mouthguards protect against oral injuries during sports activities and prevent damage to the teeth if night grinding is an issue.

To get a boost in maintaining your oral health, consider the preventive dentistry treatments at R. Boyd Gilleland DDS. We are happy to work to keep our patients’ mouths healthy in Port Charlotte.