06 May Preventive Dentistry: Your first line of defense for a healthy smile
So, you’ve got great teeth and you want to keep them for the rest of your life! If you are beginning to think about preventing dental disease in order to accomplish your goal, then you are on the right track. Just don’t forget to team up with your dentist to make your oral health a top priority.
Although there has been an enormous shift towards cosmetic dentistry over the last 3 decades, there is another aspect of dentistry that has gained a quiet sort of momentum within the same timeframe. The strong emphasis on preventive dentistry has been beneficial for all patients, regardless of age. Compared to our grandparent’s generations, we now know that when we take the responsibility to prevent dental diseases we can position ourselves for healthier smiles and healthier bodies.
When you choose preventive dental procedures, you are making the smart choice to fight common infections like gum disease and cavities before they have had a chance to weaken the foundation of your smile. However, beyond your desire to protect your health, how can you be sure that you are taking advantage of the preventive procedures that are right for you?
First, start by discussing your concerns with your dentist. Perhaps there is a history of gum disease, cavities, tooth loss, or sensitivity within your family. Your preventive treatment plan may include frequent dental checkups and cleaning, dental sealants, fluoride treatments, and prescription-strength oral hygiene products.
Also, share information about your lifestyle habits. If you participate in sports activities (contact or non-contact sports), then a protective mouthguard may be right for you. These removable guards will help to protect your teeth from a blow to the face as well as clenching or grinding during an intense workout.
Finally, as your life changes, look to your dentist for advice as to how you should adjust your preventive routine accordingly. For more information, contact Friendly Dental Care at 740-687-6105 to schedule a complete dental examination today.