Brushing and flossing regularly at home is essential for preventing decay and gum disease, but there are other things you can do to protect your oral health as well. Visiting our dentist at Lifetime Smile routinely for dental cleanings and checkups is also vital preventative care.
During your appointment, our team will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth, making them cleaner and less likely to develop cavities. We also perform an oral cancer screening to look for signs of the disease so we can catch it early and begin treatment as soon as possible. Additionally, we’ll check for misalignments in your bite and assess your overall oral health. This allows us to catch any issues early on before they become more significant problems in the future.
The Benefits of Preventative Dentistry
Preventive dentistry focuses on keeping teeth and gums free from decay and disease. One of the main benefits of preventive dentistry is that it allows patients to protect their smiles for the long term. With regular visits to the dentist, patients have a significantly lower risk of oral diseases or health problems that affect the mouth's soft and hard tissues.
Some common issues that can arise from a lack of dental care include gum disease, tooth decay, and infections. By visiting a dentist regularly and maintaining a good oral care regimen at home, you can significantly increase the longevity of your smile.
In addition to using preventative care to maintain oral health, it’s also a good idea to use preventive measures to protect your smile against damage that can occur due to external factors. For example, if you play sports that put your teeth at risk of chips and cracks, consider wearing a protective mouthguard to protect your teeth.
Practicing regular at-home care and visiting the dentist twice a year can significantly decrease your risk of developing severe oral health problems in the future.
When Should I See a Dentist for Preventative Care?
Seeing our dentist twice a year for preventative dental care is the best way to ensure your oral health is being taken care of correctly while preventing any problems from arising in the first place. We recommend you consult our dentist every six months for a dental exam as well as cleanings and X-rays to assess any potential issues or decay that may be present. Our dentist can also check for any signs of oral cancer, gum disease, or other common problems.
Although the generally recommended frequency is every six months, our dentist can help determine the best time interval for you.
With regular checkups and cleanings at our dental office, you can prevent dental issues from arising and treat any current problems before they progress into something more serious. For the best dental care tailored to your particular needs, visit Lifetime Smile at 101 Lakeforest Blvd Suite 101, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, or call (301) 869-1170.