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Why is Preventative Dentistry So Important?


Posted on 12/13/2015 by Brandon Cooley
An elderly woman receiving a dental exam to protect her oral health.Preventative dentistry is just that - preventative! It can help you to avoid major dental health problems before they arise, and this can save you a ton of money in the long run. However, do you know what exactly preventative dentistry refers to? There are several preventive oral care strategies that can help to keep your teeth healthy.

X-Rays

X-rays are important diagnostic tools that can be used by your dentist to detect problems that might not be seen by the naked eye. Problems below the gum line and cavities found in between the teeth are often detectable using a dental X-ray, so they are an important tool in preventive dentistry.

Fluoride

Fluoride will prevent decay while strengthening the teeth. These treatments can be provided in your dental office, and you should also be using toothpaste that contains fluoride at home.

Regular Dental Visits

Most dental visits are painless when they first start, and if you don't visit your dentist regularly, you might not even know that a problem exists until significant damage has resulted. For this reason, you should schedule regular checkups every six months, and if you are at a heightened risk for an oral disease, you should go in more frequently.

Dental Cleanings

It is also recommended that you have a dental cleaning every six months. These appointments are crucial for removing stains and dental plaque that you are unable to get off of your teeth on your own. These exams are also a great time to have your teeth checked for signs of decay and gum disease.

Oral health is linked to your overall health, so preventative dentistry is crucial for our overall wellbeing. Oral issues can interfere with self-esteem, daily activities, speaking, and eating, so you should be sure to contact us to schedule your regular preventative dental exam.

WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING:
As a patient, three things stand out to me about Cooley Smiles - the great quality dental work, the cleanliness of the facility and thorough follow up. These are major differentiators that I look for in dental providers and to-date, I've always been satisfied with my experience. Thanks for the great patient care, Cooley Smiles team!

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