As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is certainly true in preventive dental care. It is far easier, and more comfortable for you, to care for and preserve your teeth than it is to replace them with crowns, implants, bridges, or dentures in the future.
Preventive dentistry consists of dental cleanings, x-rays, and routine exams from the doctor. Plaque is the film on your teeth where germs live and grow. After time, the minerals from your saliva can cause this plaque to harden and the result is a rough buildup, called calculus, that forms on your teeth. This calculus can harbor even more decay causing bacteria that are harmful to your teeth and gums. At each cleaning we remove this plaque and buildup from your teeth. If untreated, this buildup could cause gingivitis and periodontal disease which can lead to eventual tooth loss.
Preventive dental care also includes a good home care routine for caring for your teeth. This should include regular brushing and flossing. We can teach you what signs to look for that may indicate potential teeth and gum issues. We urge you to take a holistic approach to your oral health, to see the whole picture of how proper diet and other healthy habits can promote good oral health.
How effective is preventive dentistry? Very effective. As a result, many insurance plans cover these services very well because they realize that prevention is far less expensive than other treatment options.
Truly, the time to take charge of your oral health is now. It all begins with an introductory consultation with the South Charlotte dentists of Carmel Professional Dentistry. Contact us today!