At the West Hartford dental office and the New Britain dental office of Dr. Elzbieta W. Basil, DMD, our primary goal is simple: to prevent your need for extensive restorative or cosmetic dental procedures. Through regular maintenance, a family dentist such as Dr. Basil can help you prevent poor oral health due to decay and disease — problems that can negatively affect your overall health and well-being.

Maintaining good oral hygiene remains one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth and gums help you to not only look and feel good, but they allow you to eat and speak properly. Our caring and professional staff stresses daily preventative care — such as proper brushing and flossing — to prevent more serious problems from developing. Between regular visits to our full-service West Hartford dental office, there are simple steps you can take to greatly decrease your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental or medical problems:


  • Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss daily.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals
  • Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
  • Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentist advises you to
  • Make sure that children under 12 drink fluoridated water
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and exams
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months



Professional Cleanings

The best way to prevent excessive plaque buildup is to schedule a professional cleaning.  Dr. Basil has staff dental hygienists in both her West Hartford dental office and her New Britain dental office.   Cleanings should take place at least every six months, or if you have special issue, more frequently.  Plaque that is left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A routine dental cleaning lasts about one hour and will usually include scaling and polishing.

Our professional cleanings will help you to preserve your teeth and gums. While having a cavity filled may seem uncomfortable, compared to root canal therapy or tooth extractions, it is much less painful. If you have not scheduled your next professional cleaning, contact us today and avoid the cost and discomfort of extensive dental restorations.

Comprehensive Examinations

In order to maintain a healthy smile, it is important that our Dr. Basil performs comprehensive examinations of your overall oral health. Using advanced dental technology, such as digital x-rays, we can effectively monitor the condition of your teeth and identify early signs of decay.  We have the latest technology including low-radiation x-rays in both our West Hartford dental office and our New Britain office.

Oral Cancer Screenings

In America, oral cancer kills more people each year than skin and cervical cancer combined. TheVELscopeVx is the most powerful tool available for assisting in the discovery of oral abnormalities. The VELscope's distinctive blue-spectrum light causes the soft tissues of the mouth to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinctive patterns — patterns that are visibly disrupted by trauma or disease. Using the VELscope, a wide variety of oral abnormalities can be discovered — often before they're visible to the unassisted eye.

Discovering soft tissue abnormalities is particularly important in the fight against oral cancer. Because the VELscopeVx assists in early detection, cancer can be caught before it has time to spread, potentially saving lives through less invasive, more effective treatment.

Used on a regular basis, the VELscopeVx helps dental professionals find a wide variety of soft-tissue abnormalities, allowing practices to aspire to an advanced level of patient care. The VELscopeVx is:

Completely safe
Simple to use
No unpleasant rinses or stains
Entire exam in about two minutes

Occasionally, the VELscope system plays a crucial role in saving lives.

Sealants

Sealants are used as a preventative measure to help fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In many individuals, the tooth’s structure may contain several fine grooves or pits, which can accumulate plaque.

This is usually not caused by brushing improperly or infrequently, but simply because these fine grooves or pits may be too narrow to allow even one bristle inside for cleaning. Unfortunately, if not taken care of properly, these tiny grooves will develop into cavities over time. To prevent this, our professional dentists may brush a coating onto the tooth or teeth to seal the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy and free from decay.



Preventative Dentistry

Today’s advanced dental techniques used by our experienced West Hartford dentist Dr. Elzbieta Basil provide you with different options for enhancing your smile. Preventative dentistry covers several routine dental services, such as exams, gum disease treatments, cleanings, fillings, sealants and oral cancer screenings.