Preventative dentistry combines several activities necessary to prevent your teeth and gums from becoming degraded and diseased.
Do I Need Preventive Dental Care?
Preventing dental health issues before they start is vastly less expensive than reversing tooth and gum damage. Preventative dental care typically costs much less than restorative dental care. Dental insurance usually covers preventive dental care more so than major restorative dental work such as crowns and partials. Preventative dental care can help you avoid enamel wear, cavities, and gum disease so you can retain a healthy, happy smile. Lastly, Consider the pain you avoid by proactively investing in good oral health.
Who Provides Preventative Dentistry?
A general dentist provides preventative dentistry care. Also, general dentists usually become your primary care dental provider. Typically, they will diagnose, treat, and manage your overall oral health care needs. Their services can also include restorative dental care. Examples include fillings, gum care, root canals, crowns, bridges, and veneers. Good dentists will also provide preventive dental education.
General dentists have either a DDS or DMD degree. The two degrees cover the same subjects. Different dental schools prefer one dental degree name over another. To become a general dentist requires an undergrad degree plus four years of dental school. Furthermore, dental specialists receive additional post-graduate training.
In most cases, a dentist must perform preventive dental care. Traditionally, general dentists perform oral exams, fluoride treatments, and x-rays. Fortunately, you can help keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. Here are are a few actions you can take at home. Brush your teeth every day. Floss frequently. Don't bite down on hard foods such as ice, popcorn kernels, hard candy, etc. Avoid prolonged contact with dark liquids such as coffee, wine, tea, soda. Lastly, swish and swallow water while drinking dark liquids.
We offer various preventive dental services as listed below. Also, check out our other dental treatments to prevent damage to and restore your teeth and gums to optimal health.
Pediatric Dental Care
Pediatric Dental Care should start early. Taking your child to the dentist early on is one of the best ways to prevent future fear of dentists. Early dental care may also identify issues with baby teeth as they begin to develop.