Preventive dentistry helps maintain proper oral health by involving a combination of regular dental check-ups and good habits like brushing and flossing. Caring for your teeth begins in infancy and continues throughout your life.
What are the common preventive dentistry services?
Preventative dentistry services may include:
- Regular oral examination every 6 months
- Tooth brushing
- Routine x-rays
What are the benefits of preventive dentistry?
Regular preventive dental checkups improve your oral health while offering the following benefits:
- It reduces the risk of developing cavities, gum disease, and more serious dental problems
- Helps encourage good oral hygiene habits like brushing your teeth at least twice a day followed by flossing
- Identifying dental problems early by examining your mouth, jaw, neck, etc. can help minimize treatment and costs
- Helps reduce oral health problems associated with certain chronic conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, breathing illness, certain types of cancer, and eating disorders.
With good dental hygiene, you can significantly reduce your risk of cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental problems, followed by lowering the risk of secondary problems.
Premature birth and low birth weight can also be linked to poor oral health. Hence, pregnant women should continue practicing or adopting good preventive oral health by performing regular dental checkups.
In addition to reducing the risk of other health problems, practicing good preventative health can save you money.
Although preventive dentistry does not completely eliminate the need for fillings, root canals, or dental implants, it can go a long way in reducing the need for these expensive treatments.