The Benefits of Preventative Dentistry

Your Role in Preventative Care

Preventative dentistry is about keeping a happy and healthy mouth, which is our goal at Brocks Gap Dentistry. Good oral hygiene helps you to avoid dental issues and can keep manageable issues at bay. It helps you not only save your teeth and gums but also your money.

It’s our goal to help you keep your teeth for as long as possible and to keep them in working, functioning health. Everyone can benefit from preventative dentistry.

There are some simple things you can do that fall under preventive dentistry, including brushing and flossing daily, using a dentist-recommended mouth rinse, and maintaining a healthy diet, particularly one that is low in sugar and highly acidic foods.

Preventive dentistry also includes in-office care. Did you know tartar can only be removed from teeth with professional help? That’s another reason why professional cleanings and evaluations are so important. Those evaluations include X-rays and a close look at your entire mouth, so we can spot any ongoing or potential issues, like cavities, gingivitis, enamel loss, and/or periodontitis.

It is important to protect your gums, teeth, and tooth enamel. Poor oral health can lead to a variety of secondary issues that include, but are not limited to, diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, and osteoporosis.

Prevention Starts at Any Age

Preventative dentistry can start at any age. Particularly for children, fluoride treatments, braces, and sealants can be useful, but these can benefit people of any age. Fluoride treatments help fight tooth decay; braces properly align teeth to help prevent misalignments as kids grow up; and sealants, often used on molars, can help prevent cavities from forming and, while no substitute for brushing and flossing, can have a positive effect on early stages of tooth decay.

Some of our tips on preventative dentistry may sound familiar, but they are important and bear repeating. To repeat a few, they include using a soft-bristled toothbrush, flossing daily, seeing a dentist every six months, avoiding the use of tobacco products, and using a mouth guard or other sleep aid devices if you grind your teeth at night.

Periodontal Therapy

Whether you have or are concerned that you might have, gum disease, Brocks Gap Dentistry offers a range of therapies to treat this oral health malady, which is also known as periodontal disease.

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