You’ve heard that old phrase: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” We all know it’s true about most things, not just health. Car maintenance, keeping your house in good shape, and even a weekly trim of the lawn is better than bushwhacking once a month.
The same goes for your teeth, and at Northwest Dental Group we’re all about preventive dental care. By keeping up with regular cleanings and exams at our Rochester office you could save yourself a lot of time, money, and pain later on!
Why Preventive Dental Care?
Keeping up on twice daily brushing and nightly flossing is an essential part of good oral health. Bacteria that builds up on your teeth only needs about 12 hours to completely regenerate, which is why you should be brushing your teeth every morning and every evening. It also only needs 24 hours to cause irritation to your gums, which is why flossing once a day is essential.
But let’s be honest: even if you’re doing all you can to keep your teeth healthy at home you can’t reach every nook and cranny of your mouth. There are some tight spots that are unreachable and impossible to see. Those are the spots where dental trouble can crop up. Without regular preventive visits to your dentist you’ll never know these spots are even there!
That goes double for cavities and gum disease: they can be hard, if not downright impossible, to spot on your own. The longer those common oral health problems go untreated the worse they’ll get, and eventually you’ll be left with severe cavities, receding gums, and teeth that are about to fall out. How could you stop those things from happening? Regular preventive care.
What Does Preventive Dentistry Entail?
The most basic preventive treatment are brushing and flossing, which you’re probably already doing at home. Those are far from the only preventive services, though. We offer a whole bunch of services that aim to prevent oral health problems.
- Comprehensive exams involve getting a detailed look at every bit of your oral health. We investigate every bit of your mouth – teeth and gums – to look for any sign of problems. A thorough exam will catch problems before they’re serious and pick up on the warning signs of other problems before they start.
- Dental cleanings give you a great baseline of oral hygiene to start from every six months. Of course, by the next time we see you there will be plenty of spots that need to be cleaned out again, but getting back to a clean, healthy starting place is important for continued health.
- Dental consultations are part of every appointment we have with you. We don’t want to simply examine and clean your mouth before sending you on your way – we want to be sure you know exactly what you need to do to maintain good oral health. That could include brushing and flossing advice, nutritional counseling, and even the addition of certain products or routines that could restore health to your mouth.
- Fluoride treatments are an essential part of restoring lost enamel to your teeth. Even if you take great care of your smile you’re still losing bits of enamel to plaque acids. Fluoride rebuilds enamel and helps keep your teeth healthy. We use a fluoride varnish that’s brushed onto your teeth. It’s far more pleasant than fluoride gel and delivers more benefit over a longer period of time.
- Dental sealants are one of the most basic preventive services available. We use a tooth-colored resin to seal the chewing surfaces of your molars, which are some of the most cavity prone spots in the mouth. They can last for years and are incredibly effective at fighting cavities.
The Cost Of Prevention
A lot of people avoid the dentist because they’re scared, too busy, or can’t be bothered. If you fall into one of those categories consider the alternatives:
- Patients who are nervous about pain at the dentist will have to go through a lot more anxiety about fillings, root canals, or crowns then they will about a cleaning. Don’t subject yourself to more anxiety just to avoid a small amount of discomfort.
- If you’re too busy to see the dentist now, what will you do when you start suffering from gum recession or a toothache? You can’t ignore those serious problems, and they’re going to cost you a lot more than just more time in the chair.
- Feeling apathetic about your dental care? If you don’t practice good oral hygiene now your later days could be riddled with health problems that go far beyond your mouth. Oral bacteria is known to be responsible for several kinds of cancers, brain hemorrhages, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s!
We can keep your smile healthy, and it doesn’t have to take more than a couple hours a year. Give our Rochester office a call today to get on the right track toward a healthy smile. You can reach us at 507-315-2932 or you can request an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you soon!