The best way to treat any dental problem is to prevent it from happening in the first place. That’s why Nishita Gandhi, DDS, has always believed that prevention is better than treatment after the fact. With two offices in the Bronx, New York, Dr. Gandhi provides a wide range of preventive services. From oral cancer screenings and sealants to night guards and smoking cessation, she can help keep your smile healthy and strong for years to come. Call Nishita Gandhi, DDS, or book an appointment online to learn more.
Preventive dentistry is the practice of taking care of your teeth now to keep them healthy in the future. Prevention lowers your risk of a number of diseases and helps you avoid dental problems like cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, cancer, and more.
Taking preventive measures for your oral health greatly reduces your risk of developing certain oral conditions and diseases in the future. Other conditions linked to poor oral health include:
Not only does preventive dentistry protect your oral health now and in the future, but it also saves you time and money in the long-run.
Prevention is key at Nishita Gandhi, DDS. She offers many preventive services to preserve your oral health, including:
Your back molars have grooves and pits that are difficult to clean properly often leading to cavities. To protect your molars from tooth decay, Dr. Gandhi coats them in a tooth-colored sealant material. Once dry, a sealant prevents bacteria and plaque from penetrating your teeth.
In its early stages, oral cancer is highly treatable. Unfortunately, it often slips under the radar until it’s advanced. Routine oral cancer screenings can help you catch the warning signs of this deadly disease early on. Dr. Gandhi uses an ultraviolet light or similar device to check for mouth sores, unexplained lumps, and red and white spots in the oral cavity to screen for cancer.
Do you often wake up with a sore jaw, sensitive teeth, daytime fatigue, or morning headaches? If so, you may be a nighttime teeth grinder. Without the right treatment, teeth grinding dramatically reduces the size and length of your teeth over time. Ultimately, you may need extensive dental work done to remedy the damage caused by your grinding.
That’s why Dr. Gandhi recommends custom-made night guards. After taking highly accurate impressions of your smile, Dr. Gandhi has your custom night guard made out of strong, durable plastic. When worn, this guard protects your teeth from wearing down over time.
Smoking tobacco puts you at risk of tooth decay, gum disease, severe tooth discoloration, and even oral cancer. For a healthy smile that you want to show off, it’s crucial to quit smoking as soon as possible. While smoking cessation is a highly personal decision, Dr. Gandhi can walk you through the process of quitting.
Preventive dentistry sets you up for a lifetime with a strong, healthy, white smile. Call Nishita Gandhi, DDS, or book an appointment online to learn more.