How to Prevent Cavities and Why it’s Important to Go to the Dentist Every 6 Months
Preventive Dentistry in Mesa, AZ
Preventive dentistry is the ideal way to achieve and to maintain oral health, and by practicing it, you avoid oral health problems later on. Preventive dentistry is for everyone, and starts when children are as young as infancy. Begin daily tooth cleaning as soon as your child’s first tooth erupts. This will begin a comprehensive oral health program for your child. Severe tooth decay in children can affect growth and development. Early preventive care helps to avoid later painful and costly issues.
Oral health is directly linked to physical health, and as such should be treated with the same care and consideration. Oral diseases can contribute to difficulties with eating, speech, physical appearance, and self esteem.
It is also vital to visit your dentist regularly as part of your preventive oral health program. Why? Our Mesa, AZ dentist will provide a thorough teeth cleaning and examination. Our dentist will see things on examination and x-ray that you may not know can be problematic, such as a tooth or filling fracture, or decay. Dentists routinely screen for oral cancers, periodontal (gum) disease, and other anomalies on the oral cavity. Dentists will also assess for malocclusion which can affect eating, speech and appearance, and is most often corrected with orthodontic care. Your dentist will assess and refer if appropriate. Our dentist can tailor a prevention program just for you, based on your lifestyle, age, medication use, health status, and other variables. Think of your dentist as a primary health care provider.
Preventive dentistry also consists of your home care routine. Brushing and flossing twice daily (or after meals) are integral for oral health. Use a soft to medium bristled toothbrush. Your dentist can instruct you on the best way to brush. Aside from brushing and flossing, dentists recommend avoiding excessive sugar and sugary drinks, alcohol and tobacco. This includes smoking and chewing tobacco. Use mouthwash, for fluoride and anti-bacterial properties.
Preventive dental care today means optimal oral health and savings for tomorrow. If you don’t have a dentist yet that helps you with preventing cavities and are in the Mesa, AZ area call our office to schedule an appointment today.