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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
At our Amherst, NH dental office, we know just how true this saying is. Preventative dental care is at the core of our practice. Our knowledgeable staff will help you learn the right tips and techniques to carry this prevention into your everyday life. We would much rather prevent a cavity than treat it!
What Is Preventative Dentistry?
Preventative dentistry is exactly what it sounds like; it involves preventing the formation of cavities, gum disease, tooth decay, gingivitis, and other factors that can wear down your teeth. Some types of preventative dentistry are as simple as regular brushing and flossing at home, and scheduling regular cleanings with your Amherst dentist, Dr. Kenneth Edwards. There are many ways to practice proactive dental care that your dentist can explain and provide helpful tips for.
What Happens at a Preventative Exam?
When you make an appointment with our Amherst, NH dental office, Dr. Kenneth Edwards will examine your teeth for any signs of decay. He will review your x-rays with you and create a treatment plan if there are any problems arising. Dr. Edwards will also perform a thorough examination of your gums and the soft tissue in your mouth to screen for gum disease, oral cancer, and signs of any other health conditions. The earlier a problem is detected, the easier it is to treat!
Our dental hygienists thoroughly (but gently!) clean your teeth, removing the plaque that your toothbrush can’t reach along with any stubborn tartar build-up. Keeping your teeth tartar-free not only gives you whiter, better-looking teeth, but it’s also a key factor in preventing gum disease.
During your exam and cleaning, we will review your home care routine to make sure you are using appropriate brushing and flossing techniques. Your hygienist will review and show the correct way to brush and floss and also discuss the best products for you to use, based on your needs.
Diet can also be a factor to your oral health, and the effects of what you eat go beyond the advice we have always been told- such as avoiding sugary foods and drinks. If you have any questions about how your diet can affect your oral health, we will be happy to discuss it with you and make recommendations.
Why Does Preventative Care Matter?
The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist at least twice a year for an examination and cleaning. This allows us to monitor your oral health and catch any problems before they become painful and costly.
Dental cleanings are crucial to your oral health. No matter how often and how well you brush and floss, regular brushing just can’t get everything, especially in those areas near your gum line and between your teeth. Professional dental cleaning at least once every six months will help ensure your teeth and gums stay in their best shape.
What Are the Benefits of Preventative Dentistry?
Not only do people of all ages benefit from preventive dentistry, but it is also a great way to keep track of your overall health. Children benefit because it teaches them how to take care of their adult teeth as they come in. Adults benefit because it helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay, allowing you to keep your natural teeth.
With regular practice, you can reduce your risk of cavities, gingivitis, gum disease, and decaying teeth. Avoiding these can reduce your risk of health problems. Studies have shown that there are links between poor oral health and the following health conditions:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
If you are pregnant, it is important to maintain good oral health as premature and low birth weight are linked to preventative dentistry.
Finally, simple preventative measures can save you money in the long run. It’s cheaper to keep up your natural teeth. Preventative dentistry may not completely save you from fillings or dental implants; it can still help reduce your need of them.
I Take Care of My Teeth, Why Should I Get Dental Cleanings?
You may be diligent about taking care of and maintaining your teeth, especially with brushing and flossing them every day. So why should you see a dentist twice a year? The fact is, there is still plaque that is hard or impossible to get rid of with just brushing and flossing, especially once it settles between your teeth or under your gum line. Once the plaque has hardened it becomes tartar and that can only be removed professionally. If tartar remains on your teeth, cavities and gum disease settle in.
Dr. Edwards or our hygienist will use professional tools to remove these tartar deposits and brighten your smile. Routine dental visits not only clean your teeth, but they also polish them too.
How Often Should I Get Dental Cleanings?
The American Dental Association recommends that you get a cleaning every six months. Your Amherst, NH dentist, Dr. Kenneth Edwards, will clean your teeth thoroughly to remove any plaque and tartar buildup. In some cases, more frequent cleanings are necessary, which will be discussed with you at your visit.
Some Health Tips You Can Practice at Home
It’s important to start with the right kind of toothbrush. Typically, toothbrushes with soft nylon bristles are perfect for gentle brushing that doesn’t wear your teeth down. Make sure you don’t push down too hard when brushing, this can wear down your enamel which leads to premature yellowing of your teeth.
Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Most people don’t always spend enough time brushing; electric toothbrushes with built-in timers are fantastic at keeping your brushing session the right length of time.
Rinse your mouth with water after your meals; this can help a lot with removing sugars that can cause cavities and decay. This is a quick and effective way of making sure you protect your teeth.
Flossing removes plaque and debris that builds up between your teeth that over time can harden. Regular flossing keeps your gums clean and healthy.
Call to Schedule Your Preventative Exam!
There’s no age limit when it comes to taking care of your teeth. Drinking and hydrating with water prevents your mouth from drying and helps flush out sugars and acids. Sleeping well and maintaining a regular exercise regimen is just as important as keeping up with routine oral checkups and eating well. Your oral health is connected to your overall health; your mouth is a window to your overall health.
With dental examinations and regular professional dental cleanings every six months, we can keep your teeth looking and feeling their best.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and how they can improve your appearance and your life, please contact our Brentwood dental office. A member of our team will be happy to arrange a convenient time for a consultation with Dr. Rick or Dr. Sully. Also, consult or Dental Implant FAQs.
Call now and schedule a dental appointment for an examination and cleaning for you and your family. We would rather prevent a cavity today than fill one tomorrow!