Preventative dental care is the best dental care, stopping small problems before they become larger ones. Your family dentist has all of the training and knowledge required to provide you the best preventative dentistry care available.
Preventative dentistry helps you keep your mouth healthy and your natural teeth in place, thereby allowing you to need fewer dental therapies. Tooth decay and gum disease are the two leading causes of tooth loss. Addressing these two issues with your family dentist before they become larger problems gives you a greater chance of keeping your natural teeth for life.
Your family dentist’s team will examine your teeth and gums and recommend any necessary treatment. The team will remove all tartar, plaque and debris from your teeth in a process sometimes called “scale and polish.” Any existing fillings will be checked for problems. Fluoride treatments can be used to help teeth resist decay. Biting surfaces of the teeth can be strengthened by the application of sealants, helping to prevent decay in hard-to-reach areas like natural pits and fissures.
Your family dentist will educate you about developing good dental hygiene habits. If you don’t already know how to brush and floss properly, now is the time to learn! Your dietary habits will be examined. Are you eating foods that are staining your teeth, or do you have habits such as chewing ice that can lead to small breaks and a weakening of the teeth? Are you getting the right nutrients your body needs to maintain good bone and mouth health?
When you see your family dentist for regular checkups and cleanings, you are taking important steps toward keeping a healthy mouth and avoiding future complications. If you’ve missed an appointment or two, now is the time to contact your family dentist to have the protection good preventative dentistry care can offer.