June 10, 2018
You want to have the best dental health possible, but are some of your actions hindering it? If you’re missing dental visits, then you are definitely working in opposition to the maintenance of your oral health. As you read on, your dentist in Enterprise explains some of the benefits of preventive dentistry and why it’s so important to incorporate into your lifestyle.
What is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry refers to any dental procedure or visit that works to fortify your dental health and prevent problems from fully materializing. Given that most insurance companies will pay up to 100% for these visits, patients have the luxury of being able to stop a host of problems while saving money. If these appointments are ignored and not consistently kept, then there are a host of issues that the patient is exposed to.
Skipping Dental Visits Could Lead to This
The main foe you face in maintaining the health of your oral cavity is the bacterium, which is ironic given that bacteria are essential for sustaining life. The problem arises when the harmful ones grow out of control and are allowed to fester and release their caustic properties in the mouth, causing decay.
Here are some of the problems that can arise:
- Cavities – When the acids released from bacteria are allowed to sit on your enamel long enough, they begin to bore tiny holes that, if not treated, will eventually extend to the inner area of the tooth where the majority of the nerves are housed.
- Gum Disease – Untreated bacteria growth can eventually lead to gum disease, which is the inflammation, irritation and infection of the gums.
- Bad Breath – Nobody is a fan of having bad breath, but skipping dental appointments can lead to this. That’s because you’ll be missing out on the expert cleaning that removes bacteria and plaque from your mouth.
- Tooth Loss – If your mouth, teeth and gums are neglected long enough, the fibers and tendons that hold your teeth in place can eventually be destroyed and your teeth can fall out.
Again, all of the above can be avoided by simply taking a more proactive approach to your oral health.
The Three Main Benefits of Maintaining Regular Dental Visits
There are three very important things that happen at your semi-annual dental visit. For starters a dental hygienist will provide you with an excellent cleaning to remove the undesirables. After that, he or she will perform a thorough examination to assess the condition of your oral cavity and to find signs of any other health issues that leave traces in the mouth. The third piece of puzzle is the examination that your dentist will conduct to search for signs of oral cancer, TMJ disorder or other more complicated ailments.
You just can’t wrong when you take the time to visit your dentist on a regular basis. The ultimate goal is to remain well by doing the necessary work to prevent the countless attacks that the mouth is bombarded with.
To schedule your first preventive care visit, reach out to your local dentist today.
About the Author
Dr. Tyler Schaffeld earned his dental degree from Oregon Health and Science University. Since then, he’s been eager to help every patient that visits his private practice enjoy the absolute best in dental care. Dr. Schaffeld can be reached for more information through his website.
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