Preventive dentistry involves the use of good dental hygiene practices to prevent oral health problems before they occur. It includes regular dental visits, good oral hygiene practices at home, and dental cleanings and exams.
The main benefit of preventive care is preventing the development of oral health complications, such as tooth decay and gum disease. By doing so, you can avoid the need for more expensive treatments, such as root canals and even tooth extractions. Although cavities and other forms of tooth decay may still develop despite your best efforts, your dentist can repair minor damage before it becomes a major problem that requires more extensive procedures.
Other benefits of preventive dentistry are:
Your dentist can also screen you for other health issues by looking for signs of oral cancer, diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, and more. Many conditions can be better treated when caught early, so it is important to stay on top of your regular checkups.
Preventative dentistry includes visits for cleanings and examinations. These appointments are essential for maintaining good oral health and detecting any potential problems before they lead to larger issues. During your dental cleaning, we will clean your teeth to remove any plaque buildup. We may also take X-rays to examine the health of your teeth and jawbone.
Regular dental cleanings are important for preventing gum disease and tooth decay. If left untreated, these problems can lead to painful infections or the need for a tooth extraction. By keeping up with your regular dental checkups and cleanings, you can avoid the need for complicated treatments in the future.
Cleanings are effective on their own, but they are even more powerful when used in combination with other preventive services. For example, we can provide fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth and protect against cavities. We can also apply sealants to your child’s teeth to prevent decay. We recommend all of these options to help prevent unnecessary dental treatments.
At every dental appointment, the dentist will perform a thorough oral cancer screening to check for any abnormalities inside the oral cavity. Cancers of any part of the mouth or throat are not common and typically affect individuals over the age of 40. However, regular dental visits can help detect this disease early when it is most treatable to increase the survival rate.
Gum disease treatment involves removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and below the gum line. This is usually the first step in the gum disease process, and it’s usually followed by root planing and scaling. These deep cleanings are often performed on an outpatient basis using a local anesthetic to numb the teeth and gums as much as possible.
In addition to regular preventative care at our office, you should also practice preventive care at home.
The best way to avoid needing restorative dentistry treatments is to practice good oral hygiene habits every day. Here are some preventive dental care tips that you can try at home.
Visit Brighter Day Dental, 1950 Market Street, Suite D, Concord, CA 94520, to learn more about taking care of your oral health. Contact us at (925) 356-2828 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.