Preventive dentistry includes many services and treatment options with the main goal to maintain a healthy mouth throughout the course of your lifetime. This includes improving one’s mouth as much as possible to make the mouth as resistant to disease as possible. At Life Bloom Dental, we strongly believe in preventive care which leads to good oral health and has positive effects on your general health as well.
What is preventive dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is any type of dental care that helps to maintain optimal oral health as well as to prevent the negative effects of disease and time. Just as regular maintenance of your car prevents breakdowns on the freeway, preventive dentistry aims to deter dental diseases. Preventive dentistry uses many non-invasive treatments, regular dental check ups, along with developing good hygiene and dietary habits to maintain a healthy mouth. Developing the habits to maintain good oral health starts at a young age and becomes critically important once the permanent teeth erupt to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth.
Why is preventive dentistry important?
Preventive dentistry is important because it lowers the risk of cavities, gum disease, more serious dental problems and most importantly, it is easier to prevent than to fix a dental problem. Here are a few more reasons why preventive dental care is important:
You save money and effort.
It is true that dental treatments can be expensive, however the earlier a problem is addressed, the cheaper and easier it is to fix. For instance a filling may cost a couple hundred dollars, but delaying treatments results in a several thousand dollar cost to fix or replace the tooth. Additionally a filling is a much easier procedure than a root canal or extraction, saving effort as well.
The dentist monitors the health of your teeth and gums.
While daily brushing and flossing is critical to maintaining a healthy mouth, the truth is more complicated. Your dentist monitors and identifies new and existing conditions that may lead to problems. Additionally, at Life Bloom Dental, we identify any habits that contribute to worsening those conditions. For example, we explore dietary habits, both what you eat as well as how often you eat, which lead to dental problems and give advice to help maintain a healthy mouth such as swishing with water after eating.
Patients regain their social life.
Oral health problems such as stained or missing teeth, a crooked smile, and bad breath can affect one’s social life. These conditions often affect one’s self esteem and can lead to mental health issues. Getting your smile back and feeling confident in public can fix body image issues that come from oral health problems. Sometimes all it takes it going for a dental visit.
A dental visit could identify a life-threatening disease.
Regular dental checkups not only look at the gums and teeth but also includes an oral cancer screening. Early identification is critical to long term survival for oral cancer. Additionally poor oral health increases the chance of fatal conditions such as a heart attack or stroke. Since the entire body is interconnected, maintaining good oral health helps to keep your entire body healthy to live life to the fullest.