When it comes to your oral health, you need to be proactive rather than reactive. That means that you need to focus on preventive dentistry to head off issues before they occur, rather than waiting for a toothache, sore gums, or other issues to happen before you make an appointment.
What Is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry includes regular exams to make sure that you don’t have any cavities or other issues with your oral health. During a routine dental care appointment, your dentist does a visual examination of your mouth to look for visible decay, gum disease, or signs of oral cancer. Then, they take x-rays to get a “behind the scenes” look at what’s happening in your teeth. You may also get a cleaning during this appointment.
What Are the Benefits of Preventive Dentistry?
Ideally, you should have a routine dental exam twice a year. These exams ensure that your dentist is able to catch issues before they get out of control. To explain, imagine that you have a small cavity. If your dentist finds that during your dental checkup, they can make a follow up appointment to repair the cavity.
In contrast, in the absence of preventative dental care, the cavity would not be detected. As a result, the decay would spread, and the cavity would become larger. In this situation, you may experience a painful toothache, you may end up needing a root canal, or the decay may spread to more teeth. Bottom line, you will need more work and will end up paying more if you ignore your routine dental care.
Can You Prevent Oral Injuries?
While general dentistry often focuses on stopping decay and detecting cancer, it can also extend to protecting your teeth from injury. For instance, grinding your teeth can cause the enamel to wear down, which leads to cavities. However, you can prevent this from happening by talking with your dentist about a mouthguard.
Similarly, if you play sports, mouth injuries are a risk. To protect yourself, you may want to get a custom fitted mouth guard. Many sports mouth guards even come with guarantees. If you’re wearing the guard and get hurt, the company pays for your dental treatment.
Why Are Cleanings an Important Part of Routine Dental Care?
Professional dental cleanings are more extensive than what you can do at home on your own. Dentists and hygienists are trained so that they can remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. If you allow plaque or tartar to build up, it can lead to cavities. If needed, your dentist may even recommend planing and scaling which is a comprehensive deep cleaning that removes plaque from the exposed roots of your teeth along the gum line.
What Routine Dental Care Should You Do at Home?
Preventive dentistry doesn’t just happen at the dentist’s office during bi-annual exams. You also need to focus on routine dental care at home. That should include brushing and flossing.
Don’t ignore your routine dental care. Instead, be proactive about your oral health by contacting us today to make an appointment. At Suwanee Center for Family Dentistry, we are committed to helping you and your family protect your smiles.