Preventative Dentistry Specialist
Dr. Ylang Nguyen is a highly-skilled dentist with extensive experience in restoring teeth to good health. Despite his expertise, however, he’d rather help you prevent issues than see you for painful conditions that could be avoided. Because he believes preventative dentistry is the best “cure” for many dental issues, Dr. Nguyen invites you to visit his office in Tacoma, Washington, twice a year to avoid cavities, tooth decay, tooth extractions, root canals, and more. Call to make an appointment with Dr. Ylang Nguyen DDS today, or use the online scheduling service.
Preventative Dentistry Q & A
What is preventive dentistry?
Preventive dentistry can prevent minor tooth and gum issues from becoming worrisome oral health conditions. And because it’s well-known that poor oral health plays a significant role in heart disease, diabetes, and other serious medical concerns, preventive dentistry can also keep you healthier overall.
Some of the preventive measures Dr. Nguyen recommends for his patients include:
- Professional dental cleaning
- Thorough dental examination
- Dental X-rays
- Dental sealants
- Evaluation for gum disease
What can I expect during a dental examination?
A comprehensive dental examination is the foundation of preventive dentistry. Dr. Nguyen performs your dental exam, which varies depending on your individual needs. For instance, Dr. Nguyen may spend more time looking for signs of gum disease in adults and focus more on tooth decay in children.
The examination includes a very thorough review of your full medical history. This provides Dr. Nguyen with valuable information about illnesses you have, medications you take regularly, as well as your use of alcohol or tobacco. It’s important that you share these details with Dr. Nguyen, since health factors often influence dental treatments.
Dr. Nguyen conducts a visual exam that includes a check of dental problems you’re aware of, as well as an assessment of your risk for future dental issues. For instance, he may notice new wearing of your teeth due to grinding your teeth at night (bruxism). Dr. Nguyen also recommends dental X-rays to identify hidden cavities or other conditions that aren’t always visible on a visual examination.
Dr. Nguyen's exam also includes screening for oral cancer. He looks for abnormalities in the tissues of your mouth and tongue, including sores or lumps, and may examine the areas surrounding your jaw to check for symptoms of oral cancer.
Once your dental examination is complete, Dr. Nguyen discusses your diagnosis and explores treatment options if necessary, such as a night guard to prevent further damage caused by bruxism. He may recommend sealants to protect your teeth or cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening.
What is a dental sealant?
A dental sealant is a plastic coating that’s painted onto the chewing surfaces of your teeth. The sealant bonds into the grooves of your teeth and forms a protective shield for each tooth that is sealed. The sealer lasts for approximately five years. Dr. Nguyen generally recommends sealants as a preventative measure for the biting surfaces of back teeth, or molars