What is preventive dentistry?
Preventive dentistry focuses on protecting your teeth and gums from disease and includes regular dental checkups and professional cleanings, as well as oral cancer screenings. These treatments guard against such problems as tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease, and keep your mouth healthy while identifying any problems before they become more serious. Protecting your teeth through preventive dentistry is essential to your overall health and ensures that your smile will stay healthy for years to come.
What dental treatments are considered preventive?
At Dentistry of West Bend, our team embraces the latest advances in dental care to provide the highest quality service for our patients. Our preventive dental treatments are designed to keep your mouth healthy and guard against tooth decay and disease. Preventive treatments include:
- Comprehensive dental and periodontal maintenance
- Oral cancer screening
- Digital X-rays
- Fluoride dental sealants and treatments
- Orthodontic assessment
- Personalized home care instructions
Our team is also committed to providing excellent patient education to help you spot potential dental problems when signs arise, as well as sharing time-tested tips for keeping your teeth and gums healthy in between dental checkups.
How does preventive care improve dental health?
Preventive dental care, such as regular checkups and cleanings, benefits your oral health by reducing your likelihood of developing serious oral health problems such as tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. These problems can lead to even more serious concerns such as periodontal disease and eventual bone loss when left untreated. Because oral health problems can affect your overall health, it is important to detect and treat any developing problems before they become more serious.
How can I prevent dental problems?
The best way to prevent future problems such as tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and even more serious conditions, is by maintaining a preventive oral health routine that includes the following:
- A balanced diet that restricts the consumption of sticky, sugary foods
- Good oral hygiene such as regular brushing and flossing
- Regular dental checkups
- Routine professional dental cleanings
Regular checkups let your dentist closely monitor your oral health and detect any potential problems early enough to treat them before they become more serious.
Regular checkups also provide opportunities to screen for more serious conditions that may require further treatment, such as oral cancer and orthodontic concerns. Early detection is key to the successful treatment of all dental conditions, and early treatment can save you money as well as unnecessary pain and discomfort.
Regular dental cleanings not only keep your teeth looking their best but also remove harmful plaque and tartar that can lead to more serious diseases. Preventive dental care not only keeps your mouth healthy and wards off disease, but it also ensures that your smile will last throughout your lifetime.