What is ProActive dentistry?
Our family dentist office in Columbia, MD promotes ProActive dentistry, which involves taking additional steps beyond your basic oral health care to help avoid common problems and disease. ProActive dentistry is the philosophy that a combination of good oral hygiene practices and routine preventative dental health exams can effectively protect and maintain your dental health. Routine preventive care is the foundation of our dental practice allowing for early diagnosis and intervention should a dental health concern arise.
ProActive Dental Care
As a top dentist in Howard County, Dr. Becker offers the range of preventive dental care necessary to treat patients of all ages. Proactive, comprehensive dentistry describes all the procedures used to arrest tooth decay and other diseases in the earliest stages. By identifying and treating the exact cause of a dental problem, we can offer treatment that is designed to prevent a recurrence in the future. These proactive measures will actually lower your risk of getting gum disease, tooth decay and more. Lowering your risk levels of such diseases and dental concerns will be one less thing for you to worry about! The goal is to keep you as healthy as possible and maintain your natural teeth for life.
“Being proactive means that we are going to look for exactly what caused the condition to occur for a patient, instead of just trying to react to what actually did happen.” Dr. Ray Becker
ProActive Dental Services
- Dental Cleanings: Dental cleanings are the most important thing you can do to prevent oral health issues outside of brushing and flossing appropriately every day. This treatment performed by our expert dental hygienists will clean parts of your teeth that your toothbrush and floss are unable to reach. Regular teeth cleanings get rid of plaque and tartar on your teeth which can lead to tooth decay, root canals, gum disease, or even tooth loss if left to build up on your teeth.
- Dental sealants: This treatment is a thin, plastic coating that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth. We typically treat the molars and premolars with dental sealants to prevent tooth decay. It will quickly bond with the depressions and grooves on the teeth providing instant protection.
- Mouthguards: Mouthguards are an easy and affordable way to protect your teeth from damage. For our patients who suffer from teeth grinding, we will recommend a mouth guard for them to wear at night. Teeth grinding can do some serious damage to your teeth. Teeth that are worn down or that have chips or cracks can be very painful and costly to fix. Damaged teeth can lead to gum disease, tooth decay or even tooth loss.
Dr. Becker encourages patients of all ages to visit the dentist at least once every six months. Patients with more complex oral concerns such as gum disease or TMJ may consider visiting the dentist more often. We invite families to visit our Columbia, MD area dentist office to learn first-hand the difference ProActive dentistry can make.