Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

What is Preventative Dentistry?

July 26, 2016
Posted By: Bruce E. Matthews, DDS, PA
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When you think about going to the dentist, getting specific treatments often comes to mind, like cavity fillings or a cosmetic procedure. While getting specific treatments is common, and it's often needed, one of the most important reasons to visit the dentist is actually for preventative dental care. We all know that we need to brush and floss at home, but your dentist checkups are just as important for your health as your routine while you're at home. 

Preventative Dental Care

Preventative dental care is the process of examining and cleaning your teeth on a regular basis, completed by a dentist. Many people are great about flossing and brushing everyday, and you might be wondering why its necessary to still visit the dentist. Simply put, you cannot clean your teeth as thoroughly as the dental team! During your appointment, your dentist will take x-rays if needed, which allows them to see areas of the teeth that are otherwise not visible. Then, you will get an exam from the dentist to check out the state of each tooth in your mouth, and to search for any new problem areas. After that, you'll get a thorough cleaning from the hygienist, and if everything looks good, you'll be on your way!

Moreover, it's extremely common to experience a dental problem without even knowing it. Getting your teeth examined every 6 months ensures that any tooth decay or even more serious issues can be caught and treated before anything worse happens. Even with great at-home care, for example, cavities can still happen. If left untreated, this form of tooth decay can become more severe, eventually requiring a root canal treatment. This can be much more painful, and it is a more costly treatment. 

While you wouldn't want to overwork your teeth and gums with a daily deep cleaning, getting that professional cleaning twice a year can make a big difference in your oral health. It can be difficult to fully clean your teeth and gums, and it's common to not fully clean certain areas, or to miss spots completely at home. Let your dentist and hygienist keep your mouth clean! 

Preventative Dentistry Wilmington

If you have any questions about preventative dental care, or if you'd like to schedule your cleaning with our experienced team, don't hesitate to give us a call today for more information! We are always happy to answer any questions that you may have, and we can get your appointment on the calendar right away to get started. 

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