Preventative Dentistry: Why is Preventative Dental Care Important?
While a busy schedule can make it tempting to push off your dentist appointment, preventative dentistry is crucial to maintaining good oral health. Good habits and regular dentist visits can prevent issues from developing and help you avoid more time-consuming and expensive dental procedures down the road.
Many Americans recognize the importance of seeing a dentist, but not all of them take the time to set an appointment; according to a survey from Delta Dental Plans Association, 42 percent of Americans don’t see a dentist as often as they would like.
Why are preventative habits important?
The American Dental Association (ADA) states that “the most effective way to ensure optimal oral health is to prevent oral disease before it starts.” Preventative dental habits can ward off tooth decay and keep your gums healthy.
The ADA recommends practicing these simple steps to protect your oral health:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Clean between your teeth daily
- Eat a healthy diet that limits sugary beverages and snacks
- See your dentist regularly for prevention and treatment of oral disease
Preventative Dental Services
Preventative dental services include regular teeth cleanings and complete examinations. These services help prevent tooth decay and may decrease sensitivity. At DGY Dentistry, we respect that few of us have perfect habits, and are eager to help patients learn how to effectively clean their own teeth and maintain good oral health.
How often should I get a teeth cleaning?
To maintain optimal oral health, The ADA recommends that the frequency of consumer’s regular dental visits “be tailored by their dentists to accommodate for their current oral health status and health history.”
According to a University of Michigan study quoted by the ADA, the frequency of cleanings needed to prevent periodontal disease is dictated in part by individual risk factors; a low-risk patient, for example, could benefit even from one visit per year, while high-risk patients will need more frequent cleanings.
The ADA “encourages people to work closely with their dentists to identify any potential risk factors” and determine the frequency of their preventative care visits.
Preventative dental care near you
DGY Dentistry Ann Arbor is a world-class restorative, renewal, and preventative dentistry practice that employs an artistic and compassionate approach to dental care. Our array of preventive services start with regular cleaning and a complete examination, with an emphasis on helping patients find preventative habits that work for them.