Your dentist wants to see you twice per year, or every six months, but is it really necessary to go that often? The answer is yes! In fact, it’s more important now than ever to be proactive about your oral health because it affects your overall health. Did you know that periodontal disease has been linked with other serious health concerns such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes? By being proactive about your oral health you’re also helping to maintain your overall health and well being. Here are some more of the benefits of preventative dentistry in Dublin, Ohio.
Regular Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing your teeth twice per day is crucial for removing the plaque that builds up on your teeth. Plaque is what causes tooth decay if it’s not removed. Did you know that how you brush is just as important as how often you brush? When you visit your dentist for your regular cleaning and check up, your hygienist can give you tips for proper brushing techniques.
Flossing removes plaque from in between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Did you know that you can actually get cavities in between your teeth? It’s true! Flossing also requires a good technique in order to remove all the plaque build up. Make sure that you hold the floss with both hands and wrap it in a C shape around both sides of your tooth.
Did you know that your dentist can detect tooth decay much earlier than you can? This is because there’s not really pain or other symptoms until much of the damage has already occurred. Your dentist can detect tooth decay in its early stages so you can treat it with the least invasive treatment possible, and in some cases, you may even be able to reverse it.
Conditions such as periodontal (gum) disease and oral cancer are also better treated in their early stages. In its most advanced stages, periodontal disease can lead to bone and tooth loss if left untreated. Your dentist will screen you for these issues at every cleaning and check up to ensure that you maintain optimum oral health.
At Distinctive Smiles of Dublin, our highly skilled team will help you understand the importance of your oral health, and we’ll teach you how to maintain it. If you should encounter tooth decay or gum disease, we’re well equipped to help you. Remember, the earlier you diagnose and treat these conditions, the quicker you’re back on the path to wellness! Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.