Preventative Dentistry - Matthews, NC

Preventative Dentistry

Preventative dentistry is crucial to your dental health that aims to maintain optimal oral health and prevent dental problems before they occur. One essential preventive measure is regular check-ups with a dentist. An oral exam is the first step in determining the state of a patient’s teeth and gums. During an exam, a dentist can identify any potential issues early on, such as cavities, gum disease, or oral cancer. This is important because catching these problems early can help prevent more severe complications.

Routine Dental Cleaning

During a cleaning, the hygienist will use special tools to gently remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, focusing on areas that are difficult to reach with regular brushing. Plaque contains bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease if left untreated. Your hygienist is specially trained to remove plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth and gums that cannot be removed through brushing alone. Your hygienist will also inspect your teeth and gums for signs of decay or other issues like gingivitis or periodontal disease. They may also take X-rays to identify any underlying problems. Routine X-rays are also part of preventive dental care as they allow dentists to see what’s happening below the surface of teeth and gums. X-rays detect decay, abscesses, and bone loss due to periodontal disease, cysts, or tumors. Early detection allows for prompt treatment, which saves patients time, money, and discomfort in future procedures.

oral hygiene habits at home.

Another important aspect of preventative dentistry is practicing good oral hygiene habits at
home. This includes

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regular dental visits at-home

Through regular dental visits and consistent at-home care practices, individuals can significantly reduce their risk of developing dental problems while promoting long-term oral health. By prioritizing preventative dentistry, people can save money on costly treatments down the road while also enjoying a brighter smile and better quality of life overall.