Preventative dentistry is the procedure to prevent future oral health issues from affecting the patient’s smile. By visiting the dentist at N STREET DENTAL, every six months for routine cleanings and exams, patients can protect their smiles and ensure they do everything possible to keep their teeth and gums healthy between visits. Regular dental exams will allow your dentist to keep your teeth healthy and detect minor problems before they become serious. Additionally, preventative care will help keep your gums healthy and prevent gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can cause severe issues to your dental health and even your overall health.
The Goal of Preventative Dentistry
The goal of preventative dentistry is to help patients avoid the development of oral disease or to treat it at its earliest stages to become manageable and more affordable for the patient. Prevention involves regular visits to your dentist for professional cleanings and checkups to detect and treat problems early before they progress to something more serious. When issues like tooth decay or gum disease are caught in their earlier stages, your treatment will be less invasive and less expensive.
One of the best aspects of prevention is that your dentist can catch your oral health problems before they become visible to you, meaning you can experience less pain and complication overall. A regular checkup with your dentist is also an excellent opportunity to get tips and advice on maintaining good oral health and avoiding developing cavities and other common issues.
What Is Involved in Preventative Dentistry?
A cavity is a small hole that can develop in a person’s tooth over time. It starts small, but over time it can grow larger and cause a great deal of discomfort and pain for the patient. The best way to avoid getting a cavity in the first place is to have a professional cleaning done every six months. During one of these appointments, the hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth to remove any plaque or tartar lurking beneath the enamel. This professional cleaning will help to prevent the development of any cavities on a patient’s teeth.
Suppose the dentist does notice any signs of early tooth decay after a routine cleaning. In that case, they will usually recommend the patient have a fluoride treatment completed to treat the problem before it has a chance to progress further. In addition to fluoride treatments and routine cleanings, patients may be given an oral cancer screening yearly. Early cancer detection is essential because it offers patients a better chance at successfully treating the condition before it can spread to other body areas.
With regular visits to the dentist, patients can enjoy healthy teeth and gums for many years to come! To learn more about our preventative dental care services, contact N STREET DENTAL at 125 East N Street, Benicia, CA 94510, or call (707) 745-0636.