Preventive and Family Dentistry

Preventive and Family Dentistry Questions and Answers

At Canatella Dental, we provide preventive and family dentistry to preserve you and your family’s dental health. Learn more about preventive and family dentistry with Canatella Dental, call us or schedule an appointment online! We serve patients from Metairie LA, New Orleans LA, Harahan LA, Jackson Square LA, Bella Chasse LA, St. Bernard LA, Meraux LA, Chalmette LA, Jefferson LA, River Ridge LA, and Kenner LA.

Preventive and Family Dentistry Questions and Answers

Helping Families Maintain Healthy Smiles

Preventive care doesn’t stop with checkups and cleanings. Our New Orleans dental team offers a range of services to help patients prevent common problems and maintain good oral health. Those services include dental sealants and oral cancer screenings as well as periodontal therapy and custom-made nightguards. Dr. Canatella will always assess your needs first before recommending any particular service. You can learn more about what we offer below.

Preserving dental health means more than just brushing and flossing. It also means preventing issues like teeth grinding, oral cancer, and more. We’d like to give you a better idea of what preventive dentistry and family dentistry are, so we’ve put together a Q&A for you. Read on for some of the common questions we get here at Canatella Dental!

Q: What is preventative dentistry?

A: Preventative dentistry, is maintaining the health of your teeth through the prevention of dental issues. You can do some preventive care yourself, but you should have some preventive care done by a professional too!

There are two kinds of preventive dentistry. There’s the kind of care you do at home, like brushing and flossing, and the kind of care you get at a dental clinic, like regular checkups and cleanings. Regular checkups and cleanings are important for effective preventive care. During checkup and cleaning appointments, a dentist will clean your teeth, check for any issues with your teeth or gums, and address any issues before they worsen.

Q: Why is preventive dentistry so important?

A: With preventive dentistry, you can prevent many significant dental issues. Some of these issues are cavities, gingivitis, tooth enamel loss, and periodontitis. Issues like those can lead to more serious issues too. Preventing little issues in the first place is the best strategy for maintaining your dental health!

Actually, preventive dentistry can help you maintain your overall health too. Many studies have shown a link between periodontal disease and heart disease. Preventive dentistry can help you avoid periodontal disease.

You should see a dentist at least once a year or twice a year is even better. The American Dental Association recommends regular dental visits, and they also recommend that at a young age, children should be taught about the importance of oral hygiene.

Q: What does family dentistry mean?

A: Family dentistry is dental care for entire families. This is different from general dentistry for adults. With family dentistry, children, adults, and seniors can receive care. Family dentistry is important because children and seniors have special dental needs compared to middle-aged adults.

With family dentistry, everyone in your family can receive preventive care and more. At Canatella Dental, we’re able to provide comprehensive care for your entire family.

Q: What are some common dental services?

A: Here at Canatella Dental, we provide a number of preventive and family dentistry services. The following is a list of some of the more common dental services we offer:

  • Regular checkups
  • Regular cleanings
  • Dental implants
  • Dental sealants
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Restorative dentistry services
  • Cosmetic dentistry services
  • Periodontal therapy to treat periodontal disease
  • Custom-made athletic mouthguards for active patients
  • Custom-made night guards to protect teeth from teeth grinding

Call us today to learn more about our services. Canatella Dental serves New Orleans and Metairie, LA.

We hope you found our Q&A helpful! We also hope you have a good idea of how we can help you at Canatella Dental. If you have any other questions about preventive dentistry or family dentistry, you’re welcome to reach out to us here at Canatella Dental. You’re also welcome to call us for an appointment or a meet-and-greet with our dentist, Dr. Todd Canatella. He would be very happy to become your new family dentist!

We hope to hear from you soon.

DENTAL SEALANTS

Certain kinds of bacteria cause tooth decay. But with a service like dental sealants, you can enjoy extra protection from bacteria and decay. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces of teeth, which can sometimes have deep pits or grooves. Bacteria can hide in these spots, leading to decay. Our back teeth, specifically our molars, are especially vulnerable because they can be hard to reach with a toothbrush. Sealants can be applied quickly and will provide protection for as long as 10 years.

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PERIODONTAL THERAPY

Dr. Canatella uses periodontal therapy to help patients treat periodontal disease. As one of the most common oral health problems, periodontal disease can have a significant impact on a patient’s oral and overall health. Not only is it the number one cause of adult tooth loss, it has also been linked with health problems like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, stroke, and diabetes. In order to achieve optimal health, Dr. Canatella and his hygienist will come up with a treatment plan that best suits you.

NIGHTGUARDS AND ATHLETIC MOUTHGUARDS

A nightguard is a special oral appliance designed to protect teeth from chronic, unconscious teeth grinding. Patients who struggle with teeth grinding often have the most trouble while asleep. A nightguard will prevent teeth from becoming damaged by repeated grinding and clenching. We also offer custom-made athletic mouthguards for active patients. A mouthguard is an essential piece of equipment for any athlete, and a custom-made mouthguard will give your smile the added protection it deserves.

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ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS

All too often, oral cancer isn’t diagnosed until it’s already so advanced that making a full recovery is impossible. That’s why we provide our patients in and around New Orleans with oral cancer screenings. Through regular screenings, Dr. Canatella aims to diagnose and treat oral cancer early. When oral cancer is diagnosed and treated at an early stage, the odds of making a full recovery are much higher.

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CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY

Kids have special needs when it comes to dental care, and our team are experts in providing the friendly, gentle approach children and parents appreciate. Your child is at a greater risk of developing cavities between the ages of about 6 and 14, so visiting the dentist regularly is crucial. We offer excellent preventive care to keep their growing teeth healthy and clean during this important stage.