Preventative Dentistry: Keeping Your Smile Safe From Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

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Preventative dentistry is the process of keeping your smile safe from cavities and gingivitis. Caring for your smile now can help you avoid expense and time in the future when it comes to restoring tooth and gum health. Restorative dentistry, which is costly and can be time-consuming, is necessary when preventative dentistry isn’t maintained.

Investing in ongoing daily care means brushing and flossing daily, and eating a balanced diet to lower your risk of cavities and gum disease. Limiting sugar helps protect your teeth while providing important vitamins and minerals to fortify gum tissue and precious tooth enamel.

Along with daily oral care, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends ongoing dental checkups and cleanings with your dentist. Routine dental visits help us spot problems early on and make it easier and more economical to treat.

At this dental checkup, we examine your gums, teeth, head, neck, and mouth for anything unusual, and check for TMJ, oral cancer, diabetes. We also provide a thorough cleaning, flossing, and polishing of your pearly whites.

Your efforts to prevent cavities, enamel erosion, gingivitis, and periodontitis, will also lower your risk of secondary problems which can arise from poor oral health:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Respiratory disease
  • Premature birth and low birth weight babies

If you have dental insurance, it can be reassuring to know that most dental plans will pay all (or most) of the costs of routine dental cleanings and exams, to support your efforts to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

To help keep your smile safe from the hazards of tooth decay and gum disease, we invite you to call us at 614-855-0202 to schedule a visit with our dentist, Dr. Timothy Backiewicz. Our New Albany Family Dentistry team in New Albany, Ohio is happy to help you maintain your healthy smile.