Preventative Dentistry – An Easy Resolution for Long Lasting Health!
Many people neglect to maintain their daily oral hygiene and they also ignore their dental health. This neglect can sometimes lead to serious issues which can be very costly and even quite painful. Preventative dentistry focuses on taking care of one’s teeth to avoid poor oral health and to prevent development of dental diseases. Examples of dental diseases are Gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease; Periodontal disease, a more advanced stage of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss, and tooth decay and cavities. These oral diseases can also increase the risk of systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Proper preventative care is a combined effort between patient and dental provider. Patient education given by a dental professional is critical in helping patients understand how to care for their teeth at home. Proper nutrition, limiting sugar intake, daily brushing, flossing, the use of fluoride (toothpaste, rinse or tablet form) and antibacterial rinses can all help reduce the risk of dental diseases. Regular dental visits are equally important for both adults and children to help detect problems early before significant issues arise. Proper preventative dental care can have a profound impact on one’s oral health and overall health. So, resolve to make this the year to start healthy dental habits for yourself and your entire family!