Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy.
Preventative dentistry is everything you do to care for your teeth to help prevent dental issues, like cavities and gum disease. Regular check-ups with imaging and professional cleanings are an important part of preventative dentistry.
Embracing a daily oral care routine is one part of preventative dental care. Seeing your dentist every six months for a check-up, imaging, and professional teeth cleaning is another important part.
When you see your dentist for a routine check-up, they look for signs of dental problems so that they can be addressed early. Taking an active approach to preventative dental care can help you avoid or limit the impact of enamel loss, cavities, gingivitis, and more.
Many dental problems are preventable if you notice the early warning signs and make proper adjustments. Avoiding cavities and gum disease can reduce your chances of health conditions related to poor oral health, like diabetes and heart disease.
Additionally, poor oral health has been linked to premature birth and low birth weights. Continuing a good oral care routine and seeing your dentist during pregnancy could reduce your risk of these complications.
Finally, preventative dental care can save you money. After all, fillings, root canals, dental implants, and other restorative dental care can be costly.
Maintaining good oral hygiene keeps your mouth healthy. Following a regular routine of brushing and flossing clears away food debris and bad bacteria that can harm your teeth and gums.
Preventative dentistry should start in childhood. A child should see a dentist for the first time between the ages of six months and one year. There are even pediatric dentists who specialize in working with younger patients to keep them comfortable and engaged in dental care.
Dental imaging gives your dentist a better idea about what’s going on below the surface. It can reveal issues with your bite or how deep a cavity goes or if there’s evidence of bone loss. Your dentist will take traditional x-rays and/or use an iTero 3D scanner to capture digital images.
Yes, x-rays are safe for healthy kids. Since kids’ mouths change so much as they grow, it’s important to have imaging done regularly to monitor their development as they lose primary teeth and gain permanent teeth.
X-rays are also safe for pregnant women, though they require a double shield for protecting the womb. Given the risk of tooth decay, bleeding, and gum disease during pregnancy, it’s important for women to see their dentist for a check-up.
We provide high-quality dental care for patients of all ages. Our state-of-the-art facilities feature modern aesthetics and coffee bars with special kid-friendly play areas and treatment rooms.
Our dental teams provide thorough, professional exams every time to ensure you have a comfortable, hassle-free experience. We’ll even attend to any issues, including dental emergencies, and teach you how to keep your mouth healthy.
Plus, we can answer your questions and explain procedures in English or Spanish!