Preventive dental care is an essential part of oral health. It is important to understand that oral health is more than just having a dazzling smile. It also includes your overall health. Dental diseases can predispose individuals to several systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal diseases, respiratory tract infection and pneumonia, pre-term birth or low birth weight, diabetes and insulin resistance, and Alzheimer's disease.A person with good oral health is less likely to develop a variety of diseases and complications in the long run. Also, having a healthy oral cavity not only enhances your overall appearance but also helps you feel more confident.
What Is Preventative Dentistry?
Preventative dentistry is the preventive measures taken to maintain your teeth and gums in a healthy condition. Most of the problems that dentists deal with are a result of neglecting your oral health.
What Are the Different Preventive Dentistry Procedures?
Preventive dentistry includes procedures such as:
Teeth Cleaning: The first step in preventing any dental problems is to maintain your regular dental visits. As per the American Dental Association, you should visit the dentist at least twice a year for oral cleaning and other preventative dental procedures. At your first visit, our hygienist will assess your oral health and recommend the type of cleaning you need based on her findings. Some patients require a simple preventative prophylaxis cleaning, others need a more extensive, deeper treatment to get their mouth back to health.
Fluoride Treatment: Fluoride is an important component of tooth enamel, which keeps your teeth strong, decreases sensitivity and prevents cavities. In our office, Dr. Neely recommends a fluoride varnish treatment for most patients. Some patients are also given prescription fluoride, like Clinpro or MI paste, home use supplemental treatment for higher risk patients.
Oral Examination: A comprehensive oral examination by a dentist can help detect early signs of oral problems such as cavities or plaque buildup in the gums, root canal infections, and other conditions that may not be visible from the outside.
Oral Cancer Screening: Oral cancer can be difficult to detect early on. However, it's essential to catch it as soon as possible because it can be fatal if left untreated for too long. The best way to detect it is through a thorough examination of the gums and teeth by a dentist.
Oral Hygiene Tips: Along with regular dental checkups, proper oral hygiene habits can help you avoid many common dental problems such as cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly can help prevent cavities and gum disease. We often recommend adjunctive home aids like an electric toothbrush, water pik, or interproximal brushes to fit the unique homecare needs of each of our patients.
Wish to schedule an appointment with us? Call Dentist Edmond OK at (405) 302-0100 or visit our office at 2408 NW 178th St, Edmond, OK 73012.