The goals of general and preventative dentistry services at Westwyn Dental LLC

At Westwyn Dental LLC of Berwyn, Illinois, patients looking to maintain healthy teeth and gums often ask about how to develop an oral hygiene routine that ensures they reduce their risk of developing cavities or concerns such as periodontal disease. We are dedicated to providing our patients access to comprehensive and preventive dental care, ensuring long-term dental health and beautiful smiles.

What is general and preventative dentistry?

General and preventative dentistry is described as maintaining and promoting oral health through regular check-ups, cleanings, and education on proper at-home dental care. This type of dentistry focuses on preventing and treating common dental issues, including cavities, gum disease, and enamel wear.

What can be done at the office to protect the smile from damage?

Cavities and periodontal (gum) disease are the primary concerns that can develop within the mouth. To combat this, we may recommend various treatments and procedures, including:

  • Dental fillings. Dental fillings restore the shape and function of a tooth damaged by decay. This treatment removes the decayed parts of the tooth and fills it with a material like our commonly used composite resin.
  • Dental sealants. Dental sealants are very thin, plastic coatings placed on the chewing surfaces of molars to protect them from bacteria and plaque buildup. This is a simple and completely painless dental procedure that can significantly reduce the development of cavities in both children and adults.
  • Fluoride treatments. Fluoride treatments may be recommended by our dentists for patients at a higher risk of developing cavities. This mineral strengthens natural tooth enamel and protects it against decay.
  • Regular cleanings. Professional dental cleanings are also essential to preventative care alongside brushing and flossing each day. Our dental hygienists use specialized tools to remove any buildup of plaque and tartar from teeth and provide a thorough clean that cannot be achieved through at-home brushing and flossing.
  • Regular check-ups. Routine dental check-ups allow our dental team to detect any issues early on, keeping them from developing into bigger problems.

Where can I find a general dentist near me who provides preventative dentistry solutions?

If you want to maintain a healthy smile and are looking for professionals who can provide oral hygiene care solutions for healthy teeth and gums, we invite you to book a consultation appointment with our dentists at Westwyn Dental LLC of Berwyn, IL. The practice can be reached by telephone at (708) 797-9377.

General Dentistry - myths and facts : Cavities

General Dentistry - myths and facts : Cavities

Fact or myth? If you have a cavity, you will know it. Myth, Mild tooth decay has no symptoms. Sensitivity begins to occur when the tooth decay is already causing damage to the nerve. Today’s dentistry prevents tooth decay with sealants and other conservative methods. Fact or myth? Sugar is the prime cause of cavities. A fact and also a myth. Acid is the main trigger in producing the bacteria that causes cavities. The bacteria is then fueled by the consumption of carbohydrates. Sugar is a trigger in cavities, but carbs as a whole are the main cause. Fact or myth? Cavities are the prime reason for root canals. Myth. Root canals are a result of nerve damage. And untreated cavity could lead to nerve damage, but root canals are on set by number of different factors. Facts on myth? Brushing and flossing are the best way to prevent cavities. Fact. Fact or myth? Expensive toothpastes are always better than cheaper ones. Myth. Different toothpastes are better for different teeth in situations. Sometimes moderately priced toothpaste can be more effective. Ask the dentist about what might be best for your teeth. And always look for the ADA seal of approval. Fact or myth? If a tooth is white, it must be healthy. Myth. Under the surface there may be cavities, problems with the root or other abnormalities. Fact or Myth? Teeth whitening is harmful because it damages enamel. Myth. There are many modern teeth whitening processes that have minimal harmful effects. Teeth whitening isn’t for every mouth or person though. Consult the dentist before you proceed with whitening treatments. Fact or myth? Dentists should be feared. Myth. With today’s advancements in technology and safety practices there is nothing to worry about. Procedures are as quick and painless as ever. Fact or myth? You should visit your dentists at least twice a year. FACT.