Your teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but this does require effort on your part to keep them healthy. Not only are your teeth important for your smile, speech, chewing and facial structure, they can impact your overall health. The best way to maintain your smile and oral health is with preventive dental care, both at home and at your dental office. Here is why preventive care is so important and how it can benefit your smile and overall health.
What Is Preventive Dental Care?
Preventive dental care are the methods you can use to maintain healthy teeth. Instead of waiting for a toothache or dental injury to obtain dental care, daily oral care and routine dental visits are used to prevent dental problems. Brushing and flossing daily, along with routine teeth cleanings and checkups at your dental care provider, are the basics of preventive dental care. There are many benefits of preventive dental care for your smile and health.
Stop Tooth Decay
One of the first reasons most kids are told to brush their teeth is to prevent cavities. Removing food particles, bacteria and plaque can help prevent cavities in your teeth as a kid and as an adult. Flossing also removes debris from between the teeth to prevent caries. During your routine checkups, Dr. Davies and our team can check for early signs of tooth decay, which can be removed easily.
Prevent Periodontal Disease
The top cause of tooth loss is periodontal or gum disease. Periodontal disease is mainly caused by poor oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing can remove the plaque and prevent most tartar from forming that can result in gum infections. Twice a year teeth cleanings can remove any tartar accumulation to protect gum health. Gum disease can increase your risk for stroke, type 2 diabetes and other health issues, but it is preventable and controllable with dental care.
Reduce Dental Costs
Preventive dental care is the most cost-effective way to care for your smile. With routine visits for checkups and cleanings and daily home oral hygiene, you can reduce your dental expenses greatly. Preventive care is usually covered 100% by dental insurance, and it can detect dental issues early to reduce treatment costs.
Detect Oral Cancer
An estimated 50,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year. While oral or mouth cancer is treatable in the early stages, it often does not have any symptoms until the later, more deadly stages. Preventive dental care at Optum Dental Arts can include oral cancer screening to help you detect oral cancer early when it is the most treatable.
Preventive dental care is the best way to maintain your teeth for a lifetime while saving money and protecting your overall health. Contact us at Optum Dental Arts in Tampa to schedule your next cleaning, checkup and oral cancer screening for better oral and overall health.