The Importance of Preventive Dentistry

The Importance of Preventive Dentistry

A lot of medicine, by nature, is reactive. Take, for instance, an orthopedist. Even though an orthopedist makes a living by fixing people’s broken bones, they don’t hope that people will go out and break their ankles. But beyond telling someone how to be healthy and protect their body, they can’t do much once someone goes on the soccer field or hits a steep hiking trail. They fix the injuries after they happen. 

Dentistry, on the other hand, can be preventive. Many oral health conditions develop from a lack of care. When you don’t care for your teeth and ignore regular check-ups, you can end up with gingivitis, tooth decay, or many other dental conditions. But what really goes into preventive dentistry, and why is it so important? Use this blog to learn more and how you can protect your oral health. 

Are you looking to take better care of your oral health or want to establish a regular dental routine? If so, come visit our team at Willow Glen Dental Care in San Jose, California. We’re proud to offer state-of-the-art and comprehensive dental care for your whole family. In this blog, Danielle Wehle, DDS, and George Kuo, DDS, discuss preventive dentistry basics, how it works, and what it can prevent. 

What is preventive dentistry? 

As the name implies, preventive dentistry is anything you do to help your mouth stay healthy and prevent oral diseases. With preventive dentistry, you can significantly reduce your risk of common dental problems like the following: 

When you protect your oral health, you’re also helping the rest of your body stay healthy as well. Poor oral health and the bacteria that come with it have been linked to endocarditis (an infection in the chambers of the heart), cardiovascular disease, pregnancy and birth complications, and pneumonia. 

Preventive dentistry at home 

Every time you brush your teeth, you are practicing preventive dentistry. You should brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. Flossing removes food that’s stuck between the teeth before it turns to plaque. After flossing, use mouthwash to rinse out of the food particle you’ve knocked loose.

Your diet also plays a big role in keeping your mouth healthy. Try to limit sugar and eat a varied diet that is full of nutrients and vitamins. 

Preventive dentistry at the dentist

This starts with visiting Willow Glen Dental Care for your regular check-up, which should happen once or twice a year if you practice good dental habits at home. 

During your appointment, our team will check your teeth and gums for any underlying issues. We will also take digital X-rays to examine your tooth and jaw health. During your cleaning, we will also perform scaling, planing, and polishing to remove any traces of tartar. 

The cost of preventive dentistry

Remember that most dental insurance plans cover the cost of preventive dentistry. At most, you may have to pay a small co-pay. 

To learn more about preventive dentistry and its benefits, book an appointment online or over the phone with Willow Glen Dental Care today.

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