Preventative dentistry is the practice of preventing and screening for oral health diseases such as cavities, swollen gums, bone loss, oral cancer and other infections. It is important to have regular visits to the dentist for preventative care. At these appointments our dental team focuses on keeping your teeth and gums healthy by performing comprehensive and periodic oral examinations, cleanings, oral hygiene instructions, periodontal data collection, oral cancer screenings, sealants, and fluoride treatments. The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend that a child visit the dentist by age 1. This will help to develop great oral health habits to maintain cavity-free teeth and optimal gum health.
Preventative dentistry goes beyond the dental office. A patient may help to maintain the health of their mouth at home by brushing, flossing, using anti-cavity mouth rinse and eating a balanced diet. These habits will help to decrease the incidence of cavities and gum disease. Poor oral health has been linked with other systemic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis to name a few. By maintaining your oral health you are helping to better your overall health.
Preventative dentistry is the best way to save long term on the cost of dental care. Dental treatment can become costly once a patient is diagnosed with active disease. Poor oral hygiene is the main cause leading to deep cleanings, tooth fillings, root canals, crowns and dental implants. By working with your dentist and hygienist on preventative care you are able to save your teeth and your pocketbook!