The Power of Prevention

Prevention is the most important step you can take to preserve your oral health.

Preventive maintenance on your teeth and gums, and visiting your dentist once a year is far less costly and timely than it is to wait until you have pain or an obvious problem. It is also simpler-complex procedures like root canals, crowns and bridges can result from not maintaining good dental habits. If you ignore a small cavity, which can be easily filled by a dentist, the tooth decay can become extensive and painful, and so can the treatment. Root canal treatment can take several hours and may require two visits. Adding a crown also requires several hours over two visits. If the deterioration of teeth or gums is severe, one or more teeth could be lost.

Some people only go to the dentist when they have a problem. But by that time, the problem may not be an easy fix. Dentists are trained to not only spot the obvious, but to also detect early signs of cavities or periodontal disease, and are often the first to spot mouth and throat cancers, systemic diseases such as forms of anemia and immunosuppression, and other serious medical conditions.

Preventive maintenance helps ensure a lifetime of oral health.

Good Preventive Care habits

Visit the Dentist Regularly - The regular checkup is important. Almost all oral diseases are asymptomatic in their early stages; including periodontitis, gingivitis, decay, and oral cancer. In addition, these problems are much easier and less expensive to fix when caught early.

Update Medical History with Dentist - Many medical conditions adversely impact your oral health both directly (diabetes, AIDS, Sjogren’s, etc.) and indirectly due to medications used (hypertension, heart disease, depression, cancer, etc.). Your dentist must be aware of all conditions and medications, even if it does not seem pertinent, to properly manage your treatment and prevention program.

Reduce Frequency of Sugar Intake - The amount of sugars eaten throughout the day is not as important as the frequency of intake. This includes both simple sugars and starches. The mouth has a natural buffering capacity in the saliva which neutralizes the bacterial acids, thus minimizing decalcification of enamel. Frequent sugar doses overload this ability.

Do Not Smoke - Smoking is just plain terrible for your mouth. Stained yellow teeth are the obvious problems, but the hidden damage is far more threatening. Smokers are much more likely to suffer oral cancer than non-smokers. Periodontal disease in smokers is more severe, progresses faster, and responds very poorly to treatment.

Protect Your Teeth - Dental protection includes the obvious, such as wearing mouth guards for sports. Less obvious ways to protect your teeth from trauma include always wearing a seatbelt, never using your teeth as tools, and wearing a night guard if bruxism is evident.

Mouthwash – Mouthwashes and prescription rinses used twice daily help reduce gingivitis when accompanied by proper brushing and flossing.

Brush and Floss - The simple act of proper daily hygiene will prevent the majority of dental troubles in most people.

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