At Dental365, we place a large focus on preventive dentistry. In New York, NY, and the surrounding area, you can receive a wide variety of preventive dentistry treatments and procedures so you can achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Similar to general dentistry, preventive dentistry is simply practicing good oral health care in order to achieve and preserve a healthy smile. By establishing a meticulous oral hygiene regimen, combined with visiting your dentist at least twice per year for checkups, you can avoid cavities, gum disease, and other dental conditions.
By practicing regular preventive dentistry, patients can not only avoid cavities and periodontal disease, but also lower their risk for several serious health conditions that extend beyond the mouth.
Why Preventive Dentistry Is Important
- By implementing a consistent brushing and flossing routine, you can help keep your teeth clean, strong, and healthy. While this may seem like a simple task, the long-term benefits are quite significant. By avoiding cavities and gum disease, you can avoid corrective dental procedures in the future that cost time and money. Furthermore, each time you floss your teeth, your gums are stimulated which helps keep them healthy. Our dental hygienists can give you advice about the proper way to brush and floss in order to get the most out of your oral hygiene.
- Tooth enamel is an important element to the overall structure of a tooth, and it cannot be replaced. Enamel is the hardest tissue found in the human body, and it protects teeth from damage. However, tooth enamel can become eroded from acidic foods and drinks, especially if oral hygiene has been neglected.
- Periodontitis is a common condition in which the gums become infected, and it can eventually lead to alveolar bone loss. If patients continue to neglect preventive care, it could even lead to tooth loss. However, by simply scheduling two appointments with your dentist per year, you can significantly decrease your risk of periodontitis.
A Typical Preventive Dentistry Appointment
A preventive dentistry appointment consists of a hygienic dental cleaning and an examination. During this exam, your dentist will be able to detect any cavities, gum disease, or any other type of dental condition. Your dentist will typically take x-rays at every other regular appointment, or once per year. Your professional cleaning removes the plaque and tartar that you cannot remove with home care. This is a great time to bring up any concerns or questions that you may have about your oral health to your dentist or dental hygienist.
Benefits of Preventive Dentistry
By practicing regular preventive dentistry, patients can not only avoid cavities and periodontal disease, but also lower their risk for several serious health conditions that extend beyond the mouth. Diabetes, heart disease, and bacterial pneumonia have all been linked to periodontitis. In addition to checking for early signs of gum disease, your regular appointments allow us to catch other conditions before they become more serious and more costly to treat.