As general dental practitioners, we are the preventive care specialists. We prevent disease and pain from developing. Since your oral health can have an impact on your overall health, twice-yearly visits to your trusted Des Moines dentist are essential to keep not only your teeth and gums, but also your body healthy. Periodontal (gum) disease can lead to heart, kidney, brain, and respiratory issues.
What Does Preventive Care Include?
Preventive care starts with a routine teeth cleaning, dental checkup, and current x-rays. These treatments help us identify a problem in its initial stage while allowing us to educate you on proper brushing and flossing techniques and to give you tips to support ideal oral health and wellness.
Most patients should see their dentist at least every six months to examine each tooth and gum tissue to rule out decay and gum disease. Dental cleanings remove the tartar that inevitably develops between visits. We also provide an oral cancer screening to catch any suspicious lesions early, when they are easier to treat. We may apply fluoride treatments to help teeth rebuild a stronger enamel or place sealants to help teeth resist decay. We may recommend deep cleaning treatments such as scaling and root planing to patients with gum disease in order to prevent bone and tooth loss.
What Are the Benefits of Preventive Care?
Preventive care benefits you in many ways. For kids, it means helping their bodies and mind develop properly. Your kids are able to eat better, sleep better, and perform better in school. By preventing cavities from forming, you can avoid serious issues such as a tooth abscess.
Routine dental checkups help us detect a problem in its earlier stage, thereby minimizing treatment time, cost, discomfort, and time missed from work. Studies have shown there is a link between your oral health and whole-body health. Remember, your mouth is the portal to the rest of your body.
What Can I Do at Home to Prevent Cavities and Gum Disease?
Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, floss each day, and be sure to have regular exams and cleanings at your Des Moines dental office. We recommend brushing in the morning and at night and flossing at night. The more you brush and floss, the better; however, it is important to use proper techniques, which we can help with at your checkups.
It is important to limit consumption of foods and drinks that are high in sugar because they are more likely to cause gum disease and cavities. Avoid eating sticky foods, such as caramel or toffee, because they can get caught between your teeth and fillings. It is always a good idea to drink water after you eat to help wash food particles away that would otherwise stick onto your teeth. Snacking on high-calcium foods such as cheese and yogurt will reduce your cavities risk.
A Final Word from Dr. Trung Phan
Throughout your appointment, you may have questions that are not covered above. We will make sure to answer all of your questions and make sure you are comfortable during your appointment. We love getting questions from our patients! Our goal is to help you preserve your natural smile for a lifetime because your smile is your best asset!