March 22, 2017
The American Dental Association recommends everyone over the age of two visits the dentist every 6 months. Regular preventive appointments are vital to reducing the risk for serious dental health complications, such as gum disease and tooth decay. However, one in three adults do not visit their dentist regularly. Often, people do not see their dentist regularly because they underestimate the importance of preventive care. However, next to brushing and flossing, semi-annual appointments with your dentist in South Hadley are the single most important factor for maintaining a healthy smile.
Why Do I Need Preventive Care?
All too often, people do not visit the dentist until after a problem has developed. Now, a dental complication that could have easily been prevented has turned into a situation that requires a costly, and invasive procedure. To protect your oral health and to keep dental costs to a minimum, you need to have your teeth cleaned and a dental checkup twice a year.
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily are vital to reducing plaque and tarter accumulations in the mouth, which cause tooth decay and gum disease. However, even with the best home oral hygiene habits, it is not enough. There are areas in the mouth a toothbrush and floss cannot reach. The only way to remove these buildups is with a professional cleaning. With roughly half of adults having a form of gum disease, a professional cleaning is essential to protecting the your dental health.
In addition to a cleaning, you need a comprehensive examination twice a year. The exam allows us to monitor your dental health. By doing so, we can detect dental concerns early, while they are still small. This gives us the opportunity to provide early intervention to prevent the dental complications from worsening. As a result, you lessen the risk for extensive, costly dental procedures in the future.
During your examination, we can also provide additional preventive treatments to help protect your teeth and gums. With dental sealants and fluoride varnishes, we help to prevent tooth decay. If you have an increased risk for gum disease or have developed the early stages of the infection, root scaling and root planing will prevent the development of advanced gum disease.
Our complete examinations allow us to provide oral cancer screenings. Unfortunately, oral cancer is often not diagnosed until it has spread to other areas of the body. As a result, the long-term prognosis for those with the cancers is bleak. However, with earlier detection, we will help promote a more promising outcome.
Preventive care allows us to address other issues as well, such as bruxism and TMJ disorders. We can provide the necessary interventions to stop the discomfort while protecting your teeth from further damage.
Where Can I Get Preventive Care?
Newton Street Dental provides complete preventive care to protect your teeth and gums from damage. We will help you reach your oral health goals through regular dental cleanings and checkups. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
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