The Importance of Preventive Dentistry

Many oral health problems are preventable. Tooth decay is one of them, as is gum disease and its associated inflammation. At Atlantic Dentistry in Kitty Hawk and the Outer Banks, NC, our dentists encourage regular preventable care--both at home and in their offices. Dr. Markus Heyder, Dr. Gunther Heyder and Dr. Ashley Parham individualize care plans so smiles thrive.

Your mouth is an active place

You eat, drink, and speak using your teeth and the soft tissues of your mouth. Supported by your bone structure, the oral cavity breeds several kinds of microbes, including Strep mutans, the germ largely responsible for tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Keeping your smile healthy

At Atlantic Dentistry in Kitty Hawk and the Outer Banks, your dentists encourage the kind of oral health care which prevents disease before it starts. they ask all patients, including children age one and up, come to Atlantic Dentistry twice a year for a comprehensive exam, digital X-rays when needed, and a hygienic cleaning.

Why? Plaque and its hardened form, tartar, is the main culprits in tooth decay and periodontal disease, says the American Dental Association (ADA). Detect these biofilms, and remove them, and you'll have fewer short- and long-term problems.

Also, the ADA says that preventive care at home must include:

  • Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste
  • Flossing once daily between teeth
  • A high-fiber diet
  • Plenty of water to hydrate tissues

What we offer

At Atlantic Dentistry, our preventive approach to your family's oral health includes:

  • A check of all your current restorations--crowns, fillings, veneers and more
  • Inspection for tooth decay
  • An easy oral cancer screening for adults
  • Measurement of gum pockets
  • Assessment of dental bite and tooth alignment
  • Plastic sealants to coat chewing surfaces as an effective barrier to decay-causing acids.

Your dentist will tailor a preventive treatment plan according to your current needs and anticipated developments in the future. He or she will include restorative care and also your cosmetic goals. Your oral health and smile appearance are a total package important to your overall well-being for years to come.

Learn more about preventive care

Prevention really is excellent medicine. So, if you desire a healthy smile for life, call Atlantic Dentistry to learn more. Dr. Markus Heyder, Dr. Gunther Heyder and Dr. Ashley Parham work from two Kitty Hawk area offices. On Cyprus Lane, reach these dentists at (252) 475-9841, and on N. Croatan Highway, call (252) 261-7700. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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