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4 Benefits of Preventive Dentistry

4 Benefits of Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry includes all the care that helps you maintain good oral health. You, hopefully, already provide some of this care for yourself — by brushing and flossing daily. But we here at Advanced Care Dentistry in Woodinville, Washington, are essential to your preventive dentistry care. 

We provide regular oral exams, teeth cleaning, and routine X-rays. These oral health steps may seem unnecessary when your mouth feels just fine. Here’s why Thomas O. Marxen, DDS, MSD,, says these steps NOT okay to skip.

1. Preventive dentistry prevents serious dental problems

Much of your daily care, such as brushing twice a day, flossing, and using a fluoride toothpaste, are preventive dentistry strategies. So are not smoking, avoiding acidic foods, and wearing a mouthguard when playing contact sports. 

We help by offering professional cleanings — to get plaque and tartar a regular toothbrush can’t reach. We also do routine X-rays to identify potential problems inside your teeth or jaw bone. We do screenings to evaluate your gum health, too.

The combination of your good preventive habits and regular dental visits lowers your risk of developing cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and more serious dental problems. These problems cause pain and discomfort. They can also require extensive and costly reconstruction.

2. Preventive dentistry detects dental problems early

Preventive dentistry involves a complete exam of your mouth, jaw, and neck to find any possible problems, like oral cancer. We also look at your gums and can see the beginnings of gum disease, known as gingivitis, and address it before it leads to tooth decay and loss. 

Preventive dentistry also detects potential orthodontic problems like overcrowding or teeth that are coming in crooked. You can get the necessary orthodontic corrections before healthy teeth are affected. 

3. Preventive dentistry teaches you good habits

At preventive dentistry visits, our team teaches you good brushing techniques, makes toothpaste and mouthwash recommendations, and encourages flossing. Plus, we can fit you for a night guard if you grind your teeth at night or a customized sports mouthguard. 

Preventive dentistry reduces dental problems related to certain chronic medical conditions.

People with diabetes, some cancers, osteoporosis, and eating disorders are vulnerable to oral health problems. Regular preventive care detects problems early and ensures you’re doing everything possible to preserve your oral health.

4. Preventive dentistry improves the look and smell of your smile

Preventive dentistry helps you maintain a bright, attractive smile, even if you don’t invest in a professional whitening treatment. It also keeps your teeth free of the bacteria that cause bad breath. 

And, an added bonus

If you don’t enjoy dental visits and getting your teeth cleaned, you’ll dislike more complicated procedures like fillings, root scaling and planing, and extractions. The longer you avoid dental visits, the worse your oral health becomes, and the more challenging each cleaning and visit becomes. 

When you take care of your teeth at home and visit our office regularly for professional cleanings, each appointment is relatively quick and free of discomfort. 

Contact Advanced Care Dentistry today to learn more about the preventive dental care you need for good oral health. Call the friendly staff at our office or reach out via this website to set up an appointment.

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