The Importance of Preventive Dentistry
By Southwest Dental Group
May 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Taking time out to care for your smile now could protect your smile for the future.preventative dentistry

Preventing problems from happening is far easier than trying to treat and cure problems once they occur. After all, who actually wants to deal with decay, gum disease, or tooth injuries if they don’t have to? No one! Our Racine, WI, dentists Dr. David Defurio and Dr. Stephen Norovich can help you maintain great oral health. Find out why preventive dentistry is the key to a healthy smile for life and what it entails.

Why preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is crucial to keeping your oral health in tip-top shape. A lot of common dental issues can be prevented with a proper brushing and flossing regime and good technique, as well as visiting us every six months. Instead of just treating the problem when it comes up, it’s best to focus your attention on preventing issues altogether. Although if issues do come up, our Racine, WI, general dentists can help detect them during routine checkups. This allows issues to be treated before they become larger problems.

What is involved in preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is actually fairly simple and there are ways to implement it every day in your own life. Preventive dentistry includes:

  • Brushing and flossing
  • Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet
  • Avoiding sugar and processed foods
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Routine dental cleanings and exams
  • Dental sealants
  • Wearing a mouthguard when playing sports

Brushing and flossing is one area where a lot of people fall flat. Remember, you should be brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. This is the best way to reduce and even completely remove plaque buildup from teeth and along the gumline. If you don’t brush and floss as often as you should then you risk developing cavities or gum disease. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes each time (set a timer, which can ensure that you actually brush long enough).

Our Racine, WI, family dentists can also provide you with the care you need. We know that no one is perfect and that plaque and tartar may buildup in certain spots. Luckily, we are specially trained to thoroughly clean your teeth to protect them against these common issues. Furthermore, we can offer dental sealants to protect back teeth from cavities, as well as fluoride treatments and custom mouthguards.

Do you want to talk to us about getting dental sealants for your child? Do you need to schedule your routine cleaning? Then it’s time to call Southwest Dental Group in Racine, WI, who can provide your whole family with the dental care they need to keep problems at bay.