When it comes to oral health, prevention is the best medicine, but if you’ve already had some dental issues, restorative procedures can put the sparkle and top function back in your smile. Arielle Castine, DDS of Castine Family Dentistry in Suttons Bay, Michigan provides both preventive and restorative dentistry services for people of all ages. For the healthiest teeth and oral health, find out which preventive and restorative treatments are best for your mouth. If you're in Grand Traverse or Leelanau County, call the office or request the next available appointment time online.
Preventive dentistry focuses on how to care for your teeth to keep them healthy and avoid cavities, periodontal (gum) disease, and other oral conditions. Preventive techniques include a good oral hygiene routine at home, like brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental check-ups with your family dentist. Good preventive care habits begin in childhood when you teach children about the importance of keeping their teeth clean and eating healthy foods.
Preventive dental care helps people of all ages keep gum diseases at bay, which further helps to keep your whole body healthy. Dr. Castine partners with her patients as an advocate in preventive care, and she keeps a professional eye on any potential areas that need attention.
Typically, when you come in for a check-up and cleaning, Dr. Castine and your hygienist talk with you about your oral health to find out if you have any pain, sensitivity, bleeding gums, or any other concern. They perform a visual exam of your mouth and screen for any signs of oral cancer. They also recommend preventive treatments that will help you keep your mouth and teeth healthy, and may take X-rays of your mouth.
During your cleaning, your hygienist thoroughly removes plaque from your teeth and around your gumline and then polishes your teeth. They show you how to brush most effectively at home, and may recommend flossing techniques or the use of mouthwash to keep teeth healthy. Dr. Castine makes sure that any fillings or other dental work you have are in good condition and checks for any sign of tooth decay and developing cavities.
Restorative dentistry includes the diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases. If you have areas of decayed, missing or cracked teeth, or misaligned teeth, Dr. Castine identifies them for treatment and recommends the appropriate procedure to restore your teeth to their optimal form and function. Restorative procedures include:
Restorative dental procedures not only make your teeth function properly so you can chew and talk easily, but in many cases, they make your teeth look more aesthetically pleasing, too.
Good oral health begins with prevention and relies on restoration when needed. Whether you want to improve your teeth or continue to keep them healthy, call the office for an appointment or use the online booking tool to schedule one.