Keeping your teeth and gums healthy can be easy with the proper measures in place.
We’re pretty sure that just about everyone would agree that they would rather prevent cavities, gum disease and other dental issues rather than just handling the problem once it rears its ugly head. Our South Charlotte, NC, dentists Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer and Dr. Emerald Powell most certainly believe in the benefits of preventive dentistry. Here’s why.
What is preventive dentistry?
In order to understand the importance of preventive dentistry, it’s first important to understand what is involved in this specific dental care. As you might be able to tell from the name alone, preventive dental care is focused on maintaining a healthy smile and implementing the proper dental care to prevent issues from happening in the first place.
Everyone, from children to seniors should practice preventive dentistry. The earlier you start your child on a preventive dentistry plan the better. So, what is involved in preventive dentistry? It’s pretty simple, actually:
- Make sure to brush twice a day
- Floss your teeth daily
- Visit your South Charlotte, NC, general dentist twice a year
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Get sealants or fluoride treatment (to reduce the risk of cavities in children)
- Limit sugar intake
- Quit smoking
- Wear a mouthguard when playing sports
- Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth
Why is preventive dentistry important?
If you neglect your general health it puts you at a great risk for dealing with certain health problems, some of which can be serious. The same principle holds true if you don’t care for your oral health. As you can see from the list above, caring for your smile really doesn’t have to be that difficult or confusing.
Plus, an unhealthy smile also affects other areas of the body, as well. That’s right, your oral health and systemic health are interconnected. By visiting your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings you can avoid dental problems altogether.
Park Crossing Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC, is dedicated to providing your whole family with the dental care they deserve, no matter if you need to schedule a routine cleaning or discuss treatment options to handle your tooth loss. Call us today and let us know how we can help you.