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The importance of preventive dentistry

Your dentist can be a valuable resource even before you have a toothache. Trusting your dentist to provide the necessary preventive dental care can help you to avoid some of the most common dental conditions.

Dental x-rays are an important part of your preventive care routine. Although x-rays cannot prevent dental disease, today’s state of the art technology allows your dentist to diagnose small problems as soon as possible. Early detection of conditions such as tooth decay and bone loss can certainly prevent more advanced issues such as pain or tooth loss.

Routine dental hygiene visits are also a necessary component of preventive dental care. Your dentist and hygienist will work together to evaluate your risk of cavities and gum disease. They will also consider your overall health, dietary habits, and lifestyle during each visit. These findings will help the dental team to recommend treatment as well as advise you on how to protect your dental health at home.

Early detection of conditions such as tooth decay and bone loss can certainly prevent more advanced issues such as pain or tooth loss.

Regular fluoride treatments may be recommended to prevent a number of common dental conditions. For adults and children, topical fluoride can help to strengthen the enamel and prevent tooth decay. Fluoride can also prevent general tooth sensitivity or sensitivity caused by gum recession.

Sometimes, replacing old or worn restorations can be a critical part of preventive dentistry. Fillings that are cracked, separated, or stained can be unhealthy. These fillings may actually weaken your teeth, placing you at risk for fractures and new decay. Your dentist may recommend replacing these restorations with a stronger more efficient material in order to prevent further damage to your teeth.

Recognizing the importance of preventive dental care is the first, most important step towards protecting your health. Your dentist is trained to evaluate your needs as well as educate you about the status of your dental health. Once your needs and risks have been determined, the appropriate treatment can be recommended.

Keeping your regularly scheduled dental visits will help your dentist become more familiar with you and your dental health needs.

SEE ALSO: Treatments for periodontal disease

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