What is Preventive Dentistry?

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Let us know about one of the best values in health care today, ‘preventive dentistry’. The regular services the general dentist provides can help save your teeth and even your life. Dentists are often the first to recognize symptoms of serious health conditions such as oral cancer, AIDS, and anorexia to name a few, also medical research has established a link between untreated gum disease and systemic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. By visiting a dentist regularly you’ll make sure any oral health problems are caught early when they’re easiest to treat.

What includes in Preventive Oral Care?

The core of preventive dentistry is ‘check-up’ and ‘professional teeth cleaning.’ A dental hygienist uses special tools to remove disease-causing dental plaque from places you can’t reach with your toothbrush. The dentist will then polish your teeth so they’re sparkly and smooth. After the cleaning, the dentist will examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay. Small cavities can often be filled to prevent decay from reaching deeper into the tooth and creating more painful and costly problems, the dentist might also recommend specific oral hygiene aids to use at homes such as a floss holder or anti-plaque mouth rinse.

Why dental visits are necessary?

Preventive dental visits are necessary for everyone but, particularly children and seniors children can receive tooth strengthening topical fluoride treatments as well as dental sealants to keep bacteria out of the little grooves in the back teeth. If your child plays sports, our dentists can advise a custom-fitted mouthguard that will protect against dental injuries. Seniors are particularly prone to tooth decay because many take medications that can dry out the mouth as a side effect, this leaves them without the natural cavity-fighting protection of saliva. Seniors who wear false teeth need regular preventive dental visits because dentures need to be adjusted from time to time to maintain a comfortable fit. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen your family dentist make an appointment today

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