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Preventive Dental Care and the Importance of Preventive Dentistry

At Vestal Dental, we offer our patients the most cutting-edge and innovative dental procedures. Our equipment is top-of-the-line and our staff is highly trained and excellent at what we do. Our job is to make sure you have a bright smile and the confidence that goes along with it. Our technology can help even the worst smiles become picture perfect, and we like nothing more than the help our patients improve their oral health.

Your oral health has a direct relationship with your overall health. Poor oral health has been linked to an increased risk of several serious health issues, and we want to be sure you minimize your chances of being diagnosed with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other health conditions. That’s why, even though we offer the most high-tech and innovative dental procedures available, we prefer to focus on preventive dentistry. We’d rather not tell you an expensive, invasive oral surgery is needed. We’d rather help you avoid all that by helping you achieve your best oral health.

What is Preventive Dentistry?

Just like it sounds, it’s preventive. Our job is to help you learn how to care for your teeth, protect them, and keep them healthy. It’s about so much more than just your teeth, too. It’s our job to help you learn to care for your gums as well. Gum disease, periodontal disease, cavities, tooth decay, and more are related to more serious health complications. We don’t want to see you suffer from any of the above, which is why preventive dentistry is helpful.

It’s our goal to help you avoid this by learning preventive dentistry. We help you learn to maintain your teeth properly. We clean them regularly, examine your teeth for problems so we can diagnose them and treat them early enough to prevent major oral health problems, and we try to catch problems when they’re just warning signs.

When we can do this, we are able to help you change your entire lifestyle to prevent more dangerous issues from occurring. It’s our pleasure to help you help your mouth stay healthy and clean.

Dental Visits are Imperative

Good oral health is not possible without regular visits to your dentist. You cannot maintain good oral health if you’re not having your teeth cleaned every six months.

Cleaning – Every six months you visit your dentist to have your teeth cleaned. It’s a deep cleaning that removes the plaque and tartar and you can’t reach on your own. Even if you brush well and clean your teeth perfectly at home, you still need the help of professional cleaning equipment to reach places you’re unable to reach on your own and remove plaque.

Dental Exams – These are important. Your dentist needs to see you every six months to perform this exam alongside your cleaning. Your exam is important because this is when your dentist catches the issues you might have. Exams show where there is a potential problem, what might need more attention, and it allows your dentist to stop issues when they’re still new. When we find issues right away, we can stop them from becoming major dental problems we can no longer handle.

X-rays – When you allow your dentist to perform regular X-rays, you allow us to help you. We need to know what is happening under your gum’s surface, and we need to know what’s happening where we cannot see with our naked eye. Health issues such as cavities often begin in areas under the teeth unseen by us, and we can help clear them up much faster when we catch them before they reach the bone.

How You Can Practice Preventive Care

You can’t do it all alone, but that’s what makes teamwork so important. Our job is to work with you to help you maintain a great smile and good oral health. When we work with you to do that, we’re more successful. It’s our job to get you into the office every six months for an appointment so we can go over your cleanings, your exams, and take X-rays.

If we find any issues, we handle them right away. The faster we find oral health concerns, the less likely they are to become serious health concerns. Your job is to brush twice a day, floss each day, and care for your teeth at home. We can help you learn how to adopt new brushing techniques if you worry you’re not doing a stellar job. We can offer tips and tricks to make brushing and flossing easier and more effective for both adults and children.

And we can answer your questions. It’s our job to be here for you, and it’s your job to let us do that. When we work together to practice preventive care, we make sure you’re not out thousands of dollars in expensive dental work. We have high-end technology, but we’d rather not use it on you to repair damage that’s too far gone.