Dr. Blake Livingston, DDS
Preventative dental care is the best way for a person to help prevent the need for extensive, potentially costly dental care in the future, as well as pain and discomfort. Preventative dental care is defined as regular dental exams, x-rays, cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatment. Your dental team will also provide oral hygiene instruction to create good habits, identify potential problem areas before they become larger issues and refer you to specialists as needed for more complicated issues. Preventative dental care also includes home care, by taking care of your own teeth and your children’s teeth.
Preventative treatment for children begins as soon as their teeth begin to emerge! Your dentist can help identify poor habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, as well as nutritional counseling to help prevent future decay. Children should also get exams every 6 months along with cleanings, fluoride application, sealants as needed to protect against decay on permanent molars and routine x-rays. The dentist will also evaluate if your child needs to see the orthodontist for poorly positioned teeth or needs treatment from other dental specialists.
The best ways for someone to take care of their teeth at home are many practices we have heard for years. Brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and floss every day. Avoid acidic foods that can damage enamel and sugary foods that can promote cavity formation. Don’t smoke or use tobacco products as they can lead to oral cancer and stain teeth.
Preventative dentistry has many benefits; it can lower your risk for developing gum disease, cavities and help screen for oral cancers. It will help you and your children learn good oral hygiene habits and understand how your diet effects your teeth. Identifying small issues before they become more complex, expensive issues. For patients with chronic health issues, good oral health can help prevent symptoms from becoming worse.
All dental insurances cover preventative procedures to some extent and all state insurances cover preventative dentistry. Advantage Health Centers offers all of the services you may need to help prevent future problems with your teeth or mouth and correct any problems that you may have currently. Remember “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” -Benjamin Franklin