The Importance of Preventive Dentistry
Everyone wants a healthy mouth, and there’s only one way you can make this happen for yourself: by practicing preventive dentistry. Preventive dentistry combines personal care and dental expertise, and it should begin in childhood and extend throughout your life. With the help of a good dentist, you can keep your smile bright and your gums healthy for years to come.
Whether you’ve been taking care of your oral health for years or are just starting, we can help you at VPreston Dental. Valerie M. Preston, DDS, PA, and the rest of our team will make sure you get the best dental care possible. Dr. Preston can assist you with any dental needs, including endodontic and oral surgery.
Why preventive dentistry is important
Preventive dentistry goes beyond having white teeth and fresh breath. Preventive dentistry can help you avoid developing cavities, gum disease, and enamel wear. It can also help keep the rest of your body healthy. Oral health problems can negatively impact other parts of your body, such as your heart. There are two main facets of preventive dentistry: at-home care and professional dental care.
Professional dental care
The American Dental Association recommends seeing the dentist at regular intervals determined by your dentist. This usually means twice a year. Your visit to the dentist will include three main things: an oral exam, X-rays, and a cleaning.
During his examination, Dr. Preston will look for cavities, gum disease, and signs of oral cancer. If he notices any trouble spots, he’ll work with you to create a custom plan that will get your oral health back on track.
Although Dr. Preston can learn a lot from examining the surfaces of your teeth, there are certain things that can only be gleaned from seeing an X-ray of your mouth. X-rays can help Dr. Preston identify cavities, tooth decay, impacted teeth, and other problems.
Having your teeth cleaned can prevent plaque and tartar from building up along the gumline, which can help reduce your risk of developing gum disease or losing teeth. The hygienist will use a variety of tools to make sure your teeth are plaque- and tartar-free.
Dental visits can only do so much. At home, you should practice the following habits:
- • Brush twice a day for two minutes each time
- • Use a fluoride toothpaste when you brush
- • Floss daily
- • Avoid sugary treats, especially sodas and sticky candies
- • Use an antibacterial mouthwash every day
Keeping up with your at-home routine will also make you next trip to the dentist much easier.
Preventive dentistry is a key part of making sure your whole body stays healthy. At VPreston Dental, we’ll help you get the healthy mouth you deserve. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.