A combination of regular exams, including physical examination and x-rays, with professional cleanings helps to maintain good oral health by detecting and stopping diseases while they are still manageable.
Going to the dentist in your free time for a routine checkup can help to reduce the pain and inconvenience of emergency dental situations and treatments, and maintain the appearance of your bright smile.
Following a comprehensive oral examination and professional teeth cleaning, your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions to enhance your at-home oral care regimen. Common preventive services include:
Sealants for children
Wearing a night guard - for people who clench and grind their teeth at night
Wearing a mouthguard when participating in sports
Rinsing your mouth with water after consuming anything
Flossing and brushing your teeth and tongue every night and morning
Chewing sugar-free gum after meals
Preventative dental care can reduce the risk of some common dental problems, including:
Loose teeth - a symptom of advanced gum disease that may lead to tooth loss
Bad breath - a result of poor oral hygiene, smoking, and other lifestyle choices that cause bacteria to build up in your mouth
Chipped, cracked, or fractured tooth - may be caused by teeth grinding and clenching at night, which weakens your teeth
Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold items - caused by a crack in the tooth that exposes the nerves in the tooth pulp
Cavities - consuming too many sugary items and not cleaning your mouth properly can allow bacteria to accumulate in your mouth and cause cavities
Abscess - an infection around the tooth’s root or gum line that can be very painful. It can also cause swelling in the soft tissues.
Broken dental appliance - poor maintenance of dental appliances as directed by your dentist can lead to damaged appliances, such as broken braces and wires for metal braces that may injure the soft tissues in your mouth
Make an effort to visit your dentist every six months, or as recommended depending on your specific risk factors, for professional cleaning and an oral checkup. This will ensure that any problems are spotted early and treated before they become serious issues. Plus you will receive helpful tips on how to improve and/or maintain good oral health.