Preventive dentistry is the practice of actively caring for your teeth to keep them healthy and strong. This includes at-home oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing, as well as visiting your dentist regularly. These steps, although seemingly simple, go a long way in keeping your smile bright and healthy. In this blog post, Longmont dentist Dr. Amy Farmer shares a few reasons why preventive dental care is important.
Prevent or Detect Diseases Early On
Proper in-home care is the first line of defense against tooth decay and disease. Brushing regularly can prevent plaque buildup, which can eventually lead to tooth decay and infections. Likewise, a routine checkup with your dentist can include a deep cleaning, which can clean hard-to-reach places in your mouth that may be neglected during your daily brushing.
Your routine checkup is also the time when your dentist can detect dental problems early on and treat them before they become truly damaging to your oral health. For example, gum disease in its early stages can be treated before it turns to periodontal disease, a more serious form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss.
Avoid Costly Procedures
Not only does preventive care keep you healthy, it also saves you money. Compare the time and money you spend on toothpaste and floss to the cost of a dental crown or a set dentures (which can start at around $700) and the amount of time you will spend at the dentist’s office for treating cavities or other dental problems.
Improve Your Overall Health
Did you know people with periodontal disease are at higher risk for pancreatic disease? This is just one of the ways your oral health is connected to your overall health. Several studies have found oral bacteria and infections can play a role in heart disease and stroke. Another study has found diabetics who have periodontal disease may suffer excess bone loss in the jaw.
Preventive Dental Care Tips
For a bright smile and healthy mouth, follow these preventive dental care steps:
- Brush and floss at least twice a day
- Eat a balanced diet rich in calcium and low in sugar
- Use fluoridated toothpaste
- Avoid smoking and drugs
Last but not least, a crucial part of maintaining your pearly whites and preventing serious dental problems is regular dental visits. The American Dental Association recommends adults and children (starting from the moment they get their first tooth) visit a dentist at least twice a year. To learn more about our preventive dental services, schedule an appointment with Dr. Amy Farmer. Please call (303) 776-1480.