Whether you are 5 or 100 years old, prevention is key to maintaining overall good health. Our number one goal is to make sure that you and your family maintain a healthy smile for life.
Preventive Dentistry encompasses all of the tools, techniques and procedures aimed at achieving that goal.
The first, most important and easiest form of preventive dentistry is daily brushing and flossing your teeth. That one simple act and regular dental visits for check-ups and cleanings will ensure healthy gums and teeth for a long time.
To prevent cavities, gum disease, tooth wear and injuries, we recommend that you follow a routine that will be custom planned for your individual needs. This may include:
- Regular visits for cleaning every few months.
- Periodic x-rays of problematic areas to monitor the progression of disease.
- Application of anti-cavity agents, such as fluoride and sealants.
- Prescription of medicated rinses, toothpastes to strengthen your teeth and gums.
- Dietary recommendations for improved oral health.
- Fabrication of mouthguards to prevent injury from grinding and clenching or while playing contact sports.
Everyone should be practicing preventive dentistry. Children specifically, benefit greatly from it. As they grow and their permanent teeth come in, preventive measures can protect them and make sure they grow with strong, healthy teeth and gums. The habits formed during childhood tend to stay for life, so a young adult with healthy teeth is more likely to keep them that way.
In addition, practicing prevention also helps maintain overall good health. Poor oral health has been linked to conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and low birth weight among others. Keeping your routine preventive dental visits while pregnant is a great move for your baby’s health.
Lastly, preventive dentistry can save you money. Although preventive dentistry cannot entirely eliminate the need for some dental work, the cost is minimal compared to the cost of procedures such as root canals, crowns and implants, and good oral hygiene habits will go a long way to minimize your lifetime expenses at the dentist.
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