Power in Preventative Dentistry
It’s safe to assume that everyone wants healthy teeth and gums. While good oral care at home is important, there’s a powerful way to obtain optimal oral health for a lifetime. This is found in Preventative Dentistry, which involves the dentist and patient working together to “prevent” tooth decay and gum disease. The idea is that through regular dental checkups, dentists can monitor the oral health of patients, while patients gain new insight and information to help them make informed decisions about their dental and overall health.
If preventative dentistry is new to you, it’s important to understand that regular dental checkups are about more than checking for tooth and gum disease. In fact, dentists are often the first medical professionals to detect serious health conditions, from abscesses to cysts and tumors, oral cancer, diabetes, and even heart disease. How? These conditions and diseases have oral manifestations. Thus, the dentist often becomes the patient’s first line of defense against a variety of health problems.
Has it been some time since you’ve visited the dentist? You can rest assured—it is never too late to start preventative care. Advancements in dentistry have awarded dentists a multitude of techniques, including restorative methods and different levels of sedation to help patients achieve superior oral health. As you commit to regular dental care, you will find that you are able to avoid costly and invasive treatments and procedures that would have been inevitable if you waited to visit the dentist.
What does a regular dental checkup involve? A thorough inspection of your teeth and gums is first. Next, the dentist will begin removing plaque and tartar from your teeth. Depending on the condition of your teeth and gums, the dentist may suggest specific oral care products or techniques to help you brush and floss better. If you have received prior dental work, such as a filling, a crown, or other restoration, the dentist will ensure that it is intact and stable. Lastly, you may receive fluoride treatment for extra strength to fight decay.
Preventative Dentistry: Cornerstone To A Healthy Smile
At Sugar Creek Family Dental, we strive to make your dental experience a wonderful one! Preventative Dentistry is the cornerstone to a healthy smile. With that in mind, we consider it a pleasure to help you achieve optimal oral health, while you enjoy the lifelong benefits of healthy teeth and gums. Are you due for a dental checkup? Call us today.
Posted on behalf of Sugar Creek Family Dental