Preventative dentistry is a broad term that refers to dental care practices and procedures performed to prevent common oral health issues like cavities and gum disease. Preventive dentistry helps patients avoid costly dental procedures in the future by preventing dental issues and catching them early on when they are much easier to treat.
Patients who get regular checkups and professional cleanings are less likely to develop gum disease and other oral health conditions like tooth decay. At Ragan Family Dentistry, our dentist also provides personalized tips and recommendations for keeping your smile healthy between visits. Cleaning your teeth at home with toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash can help you maintain good oral hygiene habits and prevent future problems.
Types of Preventive Dentistry Procedures
Regular dental cleanings performed by a dental hygienist or dentist are the foundation of preventive dentistry. These professional cleanings remove plaque, tartar, and surface stains from the teeth, helping to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Dental cleanings also allow early detection of any oral health issues.
Routine dental examinations allow our dentist to assess your oral health, detect early signs of dental problems, and develop appropriate treatment plans. During these exams, our dentist examines your teeth, gums, tongue, and other oral structures for any abnormalities or signs of disease. X-rays may also be taken to identify hidden dental issues.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen tooth enamel and protect against tooth decay. Our dentist may recommend professional fluoride treatments to patients who are at higher risk of developing cavities.
The Benefits of Visiting the Dentist Regularly
Visiting our dentist at least twice a year for a regular checkup and cleaning effectively prevents problems before they start. A routine preventive care appointment includes a comprehensive oral examination, which helps us detect any potential problems early on. This lets us treat the issue immediately and prevent further damage to your smile.
At every check-up, one of our dental hygienists will professionally clean your teeth to remove any hard mineral buildup that regular brushing at home cannot remove. This prevents cavities and gum disease from developing in the future.
Regular checkups help us catch oral health concerns in their earliest stages to provide treatment and keep your smile healthy for a lifetime. Having a healthy smile is essential to your overall well-being because your teeth allow you to bite and chew properly and speak clearly. However, when they are damaged, this can make it difficult for you to eat and speak and can affect your everyday life.
By adopting preventive dentistry practices, individuals can maintain good oral health, prevent the progression of dental problems, and potentially reduce the need for more invasive and costly treatments. For the best dental care tailored to your needs, visit Ragan Family Dentistry at 201 S 3rd St., McAlester, OK 74501, or call (918) 426-9900.