Preventative Dentistry

Preventative Dentistry

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 and regularly for a dental cleaning and checkup 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 overall teeth health. That 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 long periods. Through consistent visits, patients have a significantly lower risk of oral diseases or health problems that affect the mouth's soft tissues. Some common issues that can arise from a lack of dental care include gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancer, and other 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 outside of your mouth. For example, if you play sports that put your teeth at risk of chips and cracks, consider wearing a protective mouth guard 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 Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is all the measures to keep your teeth healthy and prevent tooth decay or disease from developing. Seeing your 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. It is advised you consult your 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. Although it is "typically" every six months, your dentist can help determine the best time interval for you. Your dentist can also check for any signs of oral cancer, gum disease, or other common problems that patients face.

With regular checkups and appointments with your dentist, you can prevent any issues that may arise and can 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.

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