Preventative care and regular dental checkups for optimal oral health
Berkshire Family Dental provides comprehensive general and preventive dentistry to ensure optimal oral health for children and adults, from oral hygiene care and prevention to gum treatments and tooth restorations.
Most people hate going to the dentist, so they avoid it until a problem leaves them with no choice but to make an appointment. Going to the dentist shouldn’t be a terrible thing, and it isn’t if you make a habit of going regularly to prevent problems before they start. Preventative dentistry is the key to a healthy mouth and happy dentist visits.
Preventative dentistry doesn’t only take place in the dentist’s office: It involves practicing good dental hygiene at home. This includes regular brushing and flossing, at least twice a day or preferably, after every meal. Most people don’t like flossing and many people avoid it, but if you don’t floss, you leave food between your teeth behind when you brush. This almost inevitably leads to plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated becomes tartar, which is a hard substance and difficult to remove. Tartar left untreated can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and eventually tooth loss. Brushing and always flossing as well can prevent all of these problems.
Regular dental checkups are an important part of preventative dentistry. A dentist can find minor problems that you may not be aware of, and treat them before they become more serious. The dentist might recommend fluoride treatments or in-office cleanings to keep your teeth in their best condition. Dentists can use special instruments to clean teeth or to remove plaque and tartar.
If you have a toothache or gum pain, getting to the dentist as soon as possible can solve the issue before it becomes worse.
Some people experience oral health problems through heredity or other factors that they have no control over. Even if your at-home oral hygiene practices are excellent, you might experience problems. This is why regular dental visits are important for everyone, from childhood through your entire life. Even people who have lost all their teeth and wear dentures or implants need regular check-ups for their gums and to make sure their artificial teeth are in good shape.
Most of all, preventative dentistry prevents the fear of dentists. Making regular dental checkups every six months or at least once a year a part of your life will help to make all your dental visits easy ones.