Preventative Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy.

Preventive dentistry is just what it sounds like: caring for your teeth to keep them healthy, and to prevent cavities, gum disease, tooth decay, and more. At the Smile Center Family Dentistry, we specialize in helping you maintain your smile – before tooth decay sets in. The best preventative dentistry starts with good daily oral hygiene habits. You should thoroughly brush and floss multiple times per day.

Preventing tooth decay and gum disease also means regular visits to the dentist. The ADA recommends people see the dentist at least once per year. The Smile Center, like most dentists today, recommends you visit us twice annually for an oral exam, dental cleaning, and checkup to stave off cavities and tooth decay.

Preventative dentistry provides scientifically-proven defense against:

  • Cavities / tooth decay
  • Gingivitis (early gum disease)
  • Periodontitis (advanced gum disease)
  • Loss of enamel and damage to dentin

Good dental hygiene reduces the risk of cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, and other dental problems. But many serious health problems have been associated with advanced tooth decay and gum disease, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Respiratory disease
  • Cancer

Note that these risk factors can be far higher for men than for women.

Healthy dental practices reduce your risk for related health issues, and can also save you money.  Costs associated with repairing the damage from poor oral hygiene can add up, even if you are insured. While preventive dentistry may not completely stave off cavities, you’ll need far fewer fillings and other dental procedures if you take care and coordinate your regular twice-yearly dental checkups and cleanings.

Dental x-rays are safe for healthy kids and adults. Children need x-rays of both primary (baby) and adult teeth, to ensure that the teeth are developing properly and free of cavities. Children typically need x-rays often, since their mouths and teeth change so rapidly. Although x-rays use radiation, their occasional use is not dangerous, and the valuable information they provide helps our doctors address the source of your main concern. Children should see a pediatric dentist from an early age to build healthy habits and ensure their teeth develop properly.

Dental x-rays are safe for healthy kids and adults. Pregnant women can and should visit the dentist, however many women do not see the dentist during the length of their pregnancy. Hormones during pregnancy are a cause of decay, bleeding and gum disease in many women.

The optimal time for a pregnant woman to seek dental treatment is during the second trimester. X-rays during pregnancy are safe; however a pregnant woman must be double shielded to keep the radiation from penetrating into the womb. If you are pregnant or suspect that you are let your dental team know. Although x-rays use radiation, their occasional use is not dangerous, and the valuable information they provide helps our doctors address the source of your main concern.

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