What is preventive dentistry?
You may have heard the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In the case of dentistry, the saying rings particularly true. Preventive dentistry is focused on maintaining excellent oral health. This includes encouraging patients to attend regular appointments every six months or more frequently, depending on their needs, as well as fostering excellent oral hygiene habits and care when patients are not in the dentist’s chair.
The checkups and cleanings received during preventive dental care are good opportunities for the oral health team to check in with patients on any issues they might be experiencing, questions they could have, and other topics. If, during your preventive dentistry appointment, we recognize any problems, we can advise patients on proper response and counsel them on how to better care for their teeth.
What kind of preventive dentistry treatments does Garine Prosthodontics offer?
Garine Prosthodontics offers solutions for your oral health. Among the many services and treatments we offer is our selection of preventive dentistry treatments, including:
- Gum disease treatment. Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a common oral condition with serious consequences if left untreated. Left unchecked, periodontitis can lead to infections, pain, and even loss of teeth.
- Oral exams. During oral exams, we will assess the health of your mouth, identifying any new issues, and noting the progress of ongoing treatments and conditions. These exams serve as the basis for patients’ oral treatment plans. Each exam influences the course of your treatment, which is why it is crucial to come in for regular appointments.
- Oral cancer screening. It is essential to receive regular screenings for oral cancer so that we can identify the condition as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment are much more effective than later courses of action.
Who benefits from preventive dentistry?
In short, everyone benefits from preventive dentistry. Preventive dentistry is the front line against oral health issues. It is essential for the health of your mouth — and your complete health — to schedule and attend dental appointments twice a year as part of your preventive dentistry treatment.
Increasingly, studies suggest that oral health affects health in the rest of the body, as well. Individuals who had untreated issues like tooth decay and gum disease may be more likely to develop unhealthy conditions in the rest of their body, like heart and lung disease, diabetes, brain disease, and other illnesses.
If it has been a while since your last dental appointment, we can help. Contact the team at Garine Prosthodontics to schedule your next checkup. After your oral exam, we can help identify what issues might be present and what treatment plan options might be best to address them. We are here for you!