The advantages of preventive care are more than just a great smile.
It can also prevent costly complications down the road and help detect serious health issues early enough to make a significant difference in successfully treating them. We all know regular brushing and flossing at least twice a day is the minimum we should be doing to take care of our teeth and gums. And that goes a long way! But there is more you can do to help keep your teeth and your whole mouth healthy.
Many oral disease conditions are preventable with early treatment. For instance, dental sealants reduce cavities in permanent molars (where 9 out of 10 cavities occur) by 80% for two years after placement and protect against 50% of cavities for up to 4 years.
Preventive dental care is recommended by your Sun City dentists at Burns Dentistry. Preventative care includes both at-home maintenance as well as regular oral exams and professional-grade routine cleaning.
Here are five reasons preventive care is key to keeping your mouth and gums healthy, and in turn, help protect your overall health:
Regular preventive dental care also helps reduce dental problems related to some chronic medical conditions. Diabetes, osteoporosis, certain cancers, and eating disorders can all affect dental and oral health. For people with chronic conditions, regular preventive dental care is an essential part of maintaining overall health.
Preventive care could even help preserve your memory! According to a report in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, adults with gingivitis (swollen, bleeding gums) performed worse on tests of memory and other cognitive skills than did those with healthier gums and mouths. Those with gingivitis were more likely to perform poorly on two tests: delayed verbal recall and subtraction.
In addition to regular visits to your Sun City dentists for oral exams and professional-grade cleanings to remove plaque, here are some of the things you can do at home to practice good preventive dental care:
Don’t be afraid to ask us for advice on the right toothbrush for you, tips on brushing techniques, or for an oral screening on your next visit. Contact Burns Dentistry in Sun City to schedule your preventive care appointment today!
With a fully trained dental team and an in-house lab to deliver every type of dental procedure, we are fully equipped to customize an exact plan for you and your mouth. At Burns Dentistry, we know that every patient is different and that is why we’ve gone through the care and training to make sure we can deliver exactly what you need. With a personalized treatment plan, you can have the information you need to make an educated decision about your health and your future, with no pressure on our end.