Instead of waiting for problems like gum disease and tooth decay to become a serious issue, it makes sense to do everything you can to avoid them in the first place. Danielle Wehle, DDS, and George Kuo, DDS, at Willow Glen Dental Care in San Jose, California, practice preventive dentistry to keep oral health issues from developing and help you have healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. To find out more, call Willow Glen Dental Care today or book an appointment online.
Preventive dentistry focuses on doing everything possible to prevent tooth decay and gum disease instead of treating problems after they develop.
One of the essential forms of preventive dentistry is keeping good oral hygiene habits. If you properly brush twice a day, floss, or use interdental sticks or dental tape every day, and use a mouthwash that your provider at Willow Glen Dental Care recommends, you can significantly reduce your risk of common problems such as:
As well as taking good care of your teeth at home, you need to attend regular checkups at Willow Glen Dental Care.
Preventive dentistry has some obvious benefits, as it helps you avoid the inconvenience, expense, and possible discomfort of needing dental treatment. You can escape the need for fillings or root canal procedures, and you're less likely to need dental implants or dentures because of lost teeth.
There are some benefits of preventive dentistry that aren't so apparent, including the effect of poor oral health on serious conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stroke.
There's plenty of evidence showing a link between potentially life-threatening diseases like these and a lack of oral hygiene, so your teeth aren't the only things you could be saving by brushing regularly.
Preventive dentistry can also improve your quality of life by keeping your smile looking healthy and your teeth white. If your teeth look diseased or yellowed, it affects your confidence and makes you self-conscious, but a radiant smile boosts your self-esteem.
Your provider at Willow Glen Dental Care uses several preventive dentistry techniques to ensure your teeth stay in excellent condition.
At your regular checkup, they examine your teeth for any underlying issues and may take digital X-rays to look for the early signs of decay or other problems inside your teeth and jaws. You should also have regular scaling, planing, and polishing to remove any traces of tartar.
In addition to their role in preventive dentistry, your provider also checks for signs of oral cancers so you can receive treatment before the tumors grow or spread.
To find out more about preventive dentistry, call Willow Glen Dental Care today, or book a checkup using the online scheduling tool.