Preventive Care in Lockport, NY

Your mother probably told you when you were younger that too much candy would rot your teeth. Well, she was mostly right! Bacteria that occur naturally in our mouths feed off of food particles, and sugar is their favorite food. Sugar and other food particles create acidic waste products that wear away at your enamel.

Preventing tooth decay is important because advanced decay could lead to an abscessed tooth or even tooth loss. Good prevention practices take place both at home and in our dental office, which is located near Middleport, Medina, and Lockport in western New York.

During your dental appointment, Dr. Igor Kaplansky, your dentist near Lockport, NY, will give you a gentle, thorough exam, and a member of our experienced team will clean your teeth to remove hard-to-reach plaque and tartar. Professional teeth cleaning will leave you feeling refreshed and can even help make your teeth look whiter.

While brushing and flossing go a long way toward preventing tooth decay, a sealant may be able to help further protect your teeth. At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we offer sealant services that will keep your teeth healthy and looking great.

If you’re looking for quality dentistry near Lockport, NY, we invite you to contact our dental office to schedule an exam and teeth cleaning. We also welcome you to continue reading to learn more about our preventive dentistry.

family of three smilingHow is preventive dentistry different from general?

Preventive dentistry lays the framework for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. It is proactive dental care designed to thwart oral health conditions and even systemic complications. For example, studies have linked oral health problems like periodontal disease to heart issues, sudden stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

General dentistry, on the other hand, relies on treatments to reverse oral health conditions, including:

  • Dental fillings
  • Root canal treatment
  • Periodontal disease therapy
  • Tooth extractions
  • Tooth replacement
  • And more

With excellent preventive and general dentistry, coupled with vigilant brushing and flossing at home, you can maintain your smile for life.

What happens during my preventive dental exam?

During your preventive dental exam, your Lockport dentist checks your teeth and gums and compares oral health changes since your last visit. Periodically, we take x-rays to look for hidden cavities and other emerging oral health conditions. Your dentist also screens you for oral cancer.

Your teeth cleaning means our hygienist rids your teeth and gums of the debris and tartar that lead to decay and periodontal disease. Remember, you cannot clear these threats through brushing and flossing alone. It takes a gentle hygienist with the proper tools to thoroughly clean your mouth.

Following your preventive dental exam and teeth cleaning, your dentist shares findings with you and creates a custom schedule to address any issues. We may recommend dental sealants to help protect your teeth from cavities, for example.

Our Lockport dental group is always upfront with you about the state of your oral health. We want you to be armed with the best information so you can make informed choices for your ongoing care. We also encourage your questions.

How often should I visit the dentist?

man sitting in the dental chairThe American Dental Association recommends teeth cleanings and dental exams at least twice each year. However, if you have an oral health issue like periodontal disease, your dentist customizes your schedule to better address your specific needs.

In other words, we may suggest you come more often if your oral health is at risk. And it is essential to keep your dental appointments to ensure a healthy smile.

What is a dental sealant?

A dental sealant is a coating made of thin plastic that is applied to the deep grooves in the chewing surfaces of your teeth. To apply the sealants, we first clean your teeth to get rid of plaque and tartar. Then, Dr. Kaplansky will “paint” the sealant onto the surfaces of your teeth.

The sealant works itself into the grooves and covers them to form a protective barrier. This barrier prevents bacteria and acidic waste from reaching the surface of your tooth. Sealants help prevent tooth decay in your back teeth and molars, a common place for cavities to occur.

We often recommend sealants for children to protect their vulnerable teeth from decay, but sealants may also be appropriate for adults who are particularly prone to cavities.

How should I care for my smile between dental visits?

The American Dental Association and your Lockport dentist recommend brushing and flossing at least twice each day. If you indulge in acidic beverages or sweets, we recommend adding another session to your schedule. It is also essential to clean your teeth before going to bed. You do not want bacteria and acids to sit on your teeth through the night.

How you brush your teeth is also important. You want to spend at least two minutes—hitting every tooth on all sides and cleaning along the gumline.

Our dental team suggests speaking to your dentist if you suffer from bruxism (grinding and clenching). A nightguard can help protect your teeth from fractures during sleep. You should also never use your teeth as a bottle opener or for other unintended purposes.

Of course, if you notice oral health changes between dental visits—a sore that won’t heal, tooth sensitivity, swelling—we want you to contact our dental office immediately.

Between our dental team and your efforts at home, you should enjoy a healthy and comfortable smile.

Does preventive dentistry make me a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

Protecting your teeth and keeping them healthy is our top priority, and as a rule, healthy teeth and gums make you an excellent candidate for cosmetic dentistry. Of course, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to be sure.

Check out a few of our popular options below, which does not represent a complete list of our cosmetic options.

Teeth Whiteningwoman hugging her partner

We offer the KöR teeth whitening system to eliminate tough stains. The secret behind KöR is that it encourages the teeth to absorb oxygen, bleaching away even stubborn stains. Dr. Kaplansky may also recommend that you take home a set of custom-made KöR teeth whitening trays and a whitening gel explicitly chosen for you. Regular at-home care will keep your smile bright and beautiful.

Bonding and Tooth-Colored Restorations

Using tooth-colored resin, your Lockport dentist can conceal tooth flaws inexpensively. This includes discoloration, chips, shape problems, and even small gaps between teeth. We also customize our restorations, including our fillings, to blend with your smile.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns not only hide tooth flaws, but they also provide support for a weak tooth, restoring your bite force and preventing fractures. Our dental crowns go over a prepared tooth and are always shaped and shaded to match your teeth.

How can I schedule a dental exam with your dentist near Lockport, NY?

Give us a call at 716-772-7500 today to take the first step toward improving your smile. You can book online with us too!

Our office serves residents in Gasport, Lockport, Middleport, Terrys Corners, Wrights Corners, Carlisle Gardens, Hartland, Highland Park, and Medina, NY! Through good preventative care, you can have the brilliant smile you’ve always wanted!