Preventive dentistry emphasizes the importance of regular visits to your dentist and daily practices at home to prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases and conditions.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a minimum of two dental exams and cleanings each year to prevent minor issues from becoming major problems. This gives your dental professionals an opportunity to look for signs of trouble before they have time to progress further.
Patients also play an important role in preventive dentistry efforts, too. Self-care, such as twice daily brushing and daily flossing, is essential in ensuring that your teeth and mouth stay healthy. A good oral hygiene routine helps to keep your teeth clean during those six-month intervals between dental visits.
Preventive dentistry can result in less extensive – and less expensive – treatment for any dental conditions that may develop, and help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime.