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The Importance of Preventive Dentistry

The Importance of Preventive Dentistry

A beautiful, healthy smile makes you feel confident, keeps you free from oral pain, and ensures you can speak and eat easily — without any complications. Let’s be honest — your mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. Without optimal care, you’re at risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and gum erosion.

The best way to promote a healthy smile is to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. Regular preventive dentistry appointments and habits are key. At Advanced Care Dentistry, we emphasize the importance of regular check-ups, X-rays, screenings, and at-home care to promote optimal oral health. 

With our help, your smile looks and works its best and, should you develop a problem, we offer early intervention to prevent major complications. 

Preventive dentistry stops problems

Oftentimes, patients don’t visit us until they notice a problem with their teeth or gums. At this point, decay or gum disease has set in and requires invasive treatment to resolve.

Preventive dentistry is different. It gets ahead of any oral health problems so dental concerns never have a chance to develop.

In-office preventive dentistry

The cornerstone of preventive dentistry is your regular cleanings and dental check-ups. We recommend you come in for these appointments once every six months or more often if your oral health suggests you need it. 

At these regular visits, your teeth are thoroughly cleaned to remove excess plaque or tartar. Even if you brush well at home, there are areas you’ll miss. Excess plaque or tartar can cause decay and disease — so it’s best to have it removed regularly.

We also look for pockets between your teeth and gums, which could indicate gum disease. Our expert dental team also screens for cancer of the mouth or throat. 

We X-ray your teeth every year or so to detect any problems that lie under the gums or in the jaw that could suggest an upcoming problem. X-rays can detect cavities, impacted wisdom teeth, or other misalignments. 

We can educate you on the beginning stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis. If your gums are tender, puffy, or bleed when you brush or floss (or during our cleaning), it’s an indication that they’re inflamed. By stepping up your at-home hygiene game, gingivitis can usually be reversed before it progresses to full-blown periodontal disease. 

At-home preventive care

Of course, you have to do your part to promote good preventive dental care. Brush at least twice daily — usually after meals — using a fluoride toothpaste. Floss once or twice daily two and use a good antiseptic mouth rinse. 

Without preventive care

Your teeth are at risk of disease if you don’t take care of them. While modern dentistry can usually fix missing teeth or reverse gum disease, treatments are invasive and expensive. 

Some oral health conditions that can develop without preventive care can also influence other systemic health problems, namely heart disease, diabetes, lung infections, and potentially some cancers. A healthy body starts with your teeth. 

Call the office or reach out via this website to set up your visit and get started with regular preventive care. Your smile and overall health will thank you.

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