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Preventative Dentistry Peter Adams Family Dentistry Chesapeake VA

Dr. Peter Adams Family Dental practice in Chesapeake Virginia provides preventative dentistry services to his patients. This includes routine dental exams, cleaning and fluoride varnish every 6 months. When needed, dental x-rays are taken and sealants are used to prevent cavities.

Preventing dental problems before they start is our primary goal at Peter Adams Family Dentistry in Chesapeake Virginia. The following all contribute to sustaining your oral health.

  • Brushing and flossing at least twice a day
  • Visiting the dentist every 6 months as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Getting fluoride treatments

It is important to pick a dentist who is educated, experienced and qualified to help you maintain the health of your teeth and gums.

Schedule your routine dental examination today. Call (757) 547-0222.

Our motto is “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.” We try to educate each patient as to the importance of prevention and what they need to do to prevent future dental disease to keep their teeth, gums and oral cavity in a peak state of health.

Routine dental exams play an integral part in maintaining your oral health. Brushing alone cannot eliminate the plaque that accumulates on and between teeth. If you haven’t seen a dentist in the last 6 months, it’s time to schedule an appointment. If it has been far longer than 6 months, it is even more imperative that you come in for a dental examination. If you live in or around Chesapeake Virginia you can call (757) 547-0222 for an appointment or schedule an appointment online by clicking here.

Preventing Tooth Decay

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay is caused primarily by the bacteria Streptococcus Mutans found in plaque. Plaque is the sticky material that adheres to the teeth. It is 98% bacteria and much of these bacteria are Streptococcus Mutans. When this bacterium ingests sugar, it excretes very strong acids. These acids are so strong that they cause enamel to dissolve.

How to prevent tooth decay

Fluoride varnish and sealants have been shown to be very effective in preventing tooth decay. The best preventive procedures for preventing tooth decay are:

  • A thorough cleaning of the plaque from your teeth each day by brushing twice and flossing once
  • Professional dental cleanings every 6 months
  • Fluoride varnish every 6 months
  • Avoiding foods high in sugar like candy, soda, Gatorade, sweet tea, etc.

Dentist in Chesapeake Virginia - Preventative DentistrySome people are more susceptible to tooth decay than others. Xerostomia, better known as “dry mouth,” increases the risk of tooth decay. Xerostomia can be caused by aging, medication and radiation treatment for cancer or disease. When the flow of saliva decreases, the natural protective measures of your mouth are often compromised. This often results in very severe decay. Patients with xerostomia, or dry mouth, need to practice excellent home care. They need a fortified toothpaste and possibly fluoride trays to help the tooth from becoming decayed. Patients should also consider ice chips and Biotene products to keep their mouths moist, but don’t chew the ice. That can harm your teeth.

If you are experiencing dry mouth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Adams to find which preventative treatment options will work best for you. (757) 547-0222

Routine Dental Exams

Routine dental exams include both a thorough dental exam performed by Dr. Adams, along with a dental cleaning by one of our hygienists. Each dental cleaning appointment will consist of thoroughly cleaning off the hard deposits of plaque on your teeth, followed by polishing. During the examination portion of the appointment, your teeth, gums and the bone structures supporting the teeth will be examined. Dental radiographs, or x-rays, will be taken during most routine dental exams and you will be screened for oral cancer.

Preventative Dental Treatments

There are preventative dental treatments that are excellent in preventing tooth decay. These, along with brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings, are recommended to keep your mouth healthy. Peter Adams Family Dentistry provides the following preventative dental treatments:

  • Fluoride Varnish – This is applied to the teeth after each cleaning. It is recommended that this be applied at least once every 6 months. Fluoride varnish has been shown to be one of the most important aspects of the prevention of tooth decay and has been shown to reduce the incidence of tooth decay by as much as 25%. It is absorbed deep into the tooth enamel and helps strengthen it against future decay by bacteria.
  • Sealants – Sealants are applied to chewing surfaces of the adult teeth and are much less expensive than fillings. Applied in the liquid state they fill in the grooves on the teeth. Hardened to a solid by a light source, they keep plaque out of these grooves and can reduce the incidence of tooth decay by 70%.
  • Xylitol – Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener, which has the ability to neutralize the bacteria that cause tooth decay (Streptococcus Mutans). It is an excellent preventive adjunct and is safe, inexpensive and very easy to use. It can allow patients to be decay free for the rest of their lives.
  • Prevident Toothpaste – This is an excellent toothpaste with a prescription level of fluoride and is used for patients with xerostomia (dry mouth), excessive tooth decay or sensitivity.

Brushing and Flossing and Flossing

It is important to keep up a healthy dental regiment at home. The ADA recommends brushing and flossing at least twice a day every day. It is even better if you are able to brush and floss after every meal. Many people make the mistake of rushing over their teeth. If you are brushing your teeth thoroughly, you should spend no less than two minutes on your teeth each time you brush.artur84ID-100161708floss
When brushing your teeth, use a soft bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Angle your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and use small circular motions to brush the tops, bottoms and inner and outer parts of your teeth. Make sure you are also brushing the gums. Don’t forget behind your back teeth where your gum meets the tooth!
To get the areas between your teeth, use dental floss. The crevices between your teeth are notorious places for cavities to start. To floss properly, wrap the ends around your fingers leaving about 2 inches of floss in between. Make a “C” with the floss, moving it up and down the teeth all the way to the gums.

For more information on preventative dental care and preventative dental treatments, or to schedule your regular dental examination with Peter Family Dentistry in Chesapeake Virginia call us at (757) 547-0222.


Dr. Peter Adams Family Dental practice in Chesapeake Virginia – Serving all of Hampton Roads Virginia as well as Eastern North Carolina

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Dr. Peter Adams Family Dental practice in Chesapeake Virginia provides personalized Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry, including Periodontal DiseaseSleep Apnea, Teeth Whitening and Emergency Dental Care for your whole family. Dr. Peter Adams has been practicing general dentistry for over 30 years, and he served as a general dentist in the United States Navy for 16 years. He’s been practicing in the Hampton Roads Virginia area for the past 16 years.

The office stresses prevention and will help you to do the things necessary to prevent future problems with your teeth or gums. You will always receive the personalized care and attention you deserve.  No matter the dental procedure, comprehensive exams, crowns, dentures or implants, Dr. Adams will be the one at your side performing the procedure. Our patients come from Chesapeake, Northeastern North Carolina, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Norfolk and Portsmouth.

Call today (757) 547-0222.


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