Simply put, preventive dentistry is the practice of maintaining your oral health in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy. By practicing preventive dentistry, you can likely avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel loss, periodontitis, and more.
In order to maintain optimal oral health, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visits to the dentist at regular intervals determined by your dentist – usually every six months. These visits, accompanied by preventive dental treatments, ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy and strong.
Dr. Brian Homann, DDS takes your dental health, and preventative dentistry seriously. Each semi-annual visit will include a professional dental cleaning, as well as a visual examination to ensure no problems are developing with your teeth or anywhere inside your mouth. You will also have an oral cancer screening to determine if there are any changes since your previous visit. Oral cancer is very treatable when caught early, making these screenings vital to your overall health.
X-rays will also be performed regularly to help identify cavities in their early stages so they can be treated using simple fillings rather than resorting to more extensive treatment options.
Preventive Dentistry Treatments
Our goal is to prevent serious dental deterioration and other dental issues from occurring, and we understand the best way to accomplish this is to take meticulous care of your mouth. Some of the preventative dental treatments we provide include:
Routine dental cleanings and comprehensive exams
Oral cancer and gum disease screenings
Detailed instructions about good oral hygiene at home
Techniques and recommended dental products
Tips for maintaining a healthy, balanced diet
Not many people recognize the role eating a balanced diet plays in protecting your teeth. Healthy eating provides the necessary nutrients teeth need to remain strong and free from plaque. By limiting sugar intake and simple carbohydrates such as white bread, while drinking plenty of water throughout the day, you’ll be helping to maintain your healthy smile.
Benefits of Preventive Dentistry
You’re doing more than protecting your teeth and gums by practicing good dental hygiene and seeing your dentist in Itasca for preventive dental care. Your oral health is part of your overall health and often plays a role in other systemic diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease.
While preventive dentistry may not completely eliminate your need for future dental procedures like fillings, root canals, or dental implants, it will likely reduce your risk of additional visits to the dental office.
Book an Appointment With Dr. Brian Homann, DDS
Give our office a call at 847-439-9440 or request an appointment online to learn more about how we can help protect your smile through preventive dentistry. Our friendly, knowledgeable dental team looks forward to helping you maintain your best oral health.