Preventive dentistry is one of the most important components of maintaining a healthy smile. At Redford Dental Care, we encourage our patients to take advantage of all the preventive dentistry options we offer at our Carmichael dental office. Preventive dentistry is the best way to avoid serious dental problems from occurring and to maintain a healthy smile throughout your life. Continue reading to find out why you should take preventive dentistry seriously.

  1. It Detects Dental Problems Early

One of the top reasons to take preventive dentistry seriously is because it allows dentists to detect dental problems early before they grow to become more serious. Preventive dentistry includes regular visits to the dentist. During these visits, you will have a complete dental exam complete with x-rays and a visual inspection completed by Dr. Redford. Dr. Redford will be able to determine if there are any problems going on in your mouth like decay, receding gums, or cavities. From there, he will be able to schedule a time to treat your problem before it progresses and becomes more severe. This is one of the top reasons you should make it a priority to visit us every 6 months. We are able to detect problems early on, saving you money, pain and time!

In addition to the complete dental exam, our hygienist will perform a cleaning and polishing as well as scraping away any plaque or tartar. Unfortunately, you can’t scrape away tartar with brushing alone which is why it’s important to visit our hygienist to do it for you. Without visiting our hygienist for your dental cleaning, that tartar will build up and cause bacteria and most likely cavities or gum disease. This can lead to bigger problems like major treatments like root canals, or even extractions. It’s best to play it safe and just visit us every 6 months.

  1. You Can Avoid Costly and Painful Dental Problems

One of the top reasons to take preventive dentistry seriously is to avoid expensive procedures and painful dental problems. For example, it’s a lot cheaper to visit us every 6 months for a dental cleaning than it is to pay for a root canal with a full dental crown. Now think of all of your teeth and imagine having a problem with more than one, the treatment costs will be in the thousands of dollars.

Not only are dental treatments expensive, but dental problems can be quite painful. Some patients with Carmichael experience nerve pain which can make eating, brushing or drinking a painful experience. Nobody likes to be in pain so it only makes sense to do everything in your power to avoid this pain. For the same reason, motorcycle riders wear helmets to protect their heads, you should use preventive dentistry to protect your teeth.

  1. It’s Easy to Do

Preventive dentistry isn’t rocket science. There are a few things you need to do on your end. This includes brushing at least twice a day or after every meal. It also includes flossing daily and using a fluoride mouthwash regularly. You can also make sure you brush your teeth immediately following eating sweets or drinking sugary drinks like soda or wine. This will not only protect your teeth from stains but protect them from the sugar that causes bacteria. This bacteria is what causes dental decay and cavities. You can also be sure to rinse your mouth out with water between meals if you can’t brush your teeth.

In addition, we advise patients to eat a healthy diet full of lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables and to avoid too many sweets or processed foods. Your diet plays a large role in your dental health.

The other easy task you must remember to do for preventive dentistry is to visit us every 6 months for your complete dental exam and cleaning. Follow these tips and you are doing everything in your power to use preventive dentistry to your advantage to avoid cavities and dental problems.

  1. You Will Prevent Cavities and Decay

A lot of patients visit Redford Dental Care in Carmichael and ask us what the cause of their cavities and decay are. Usually, we find that the patient hasn’t been to the dentist in years for a checkup or cleaning. This results in years of built of plaque and tartar that have grown out of control. Some patients also avoid flossing and brushing effectively at home, leaving them so much room for cavities and decay. With regular preventive dentistry efforts on your side, you can expect to avoid cavities, gum disease, and decay.

  1. It’s Covered By Insurance

Something a lot of patients of ours don’t know is that insurance covers most, if not all, of your preventive dentistry care. If you have dental insurance, all of your bi-annual exams and x-rays are covered. This means you can essentially come in for free. What’s your excuse for not coming? The reason insurance companies cover these preventive dentistry procedures is because it’s cheaper for them to pay for these than it is to pay for expensive procedures like dental crowns, root canals, or dental bridges. Your insurance should cover your exams, x-rays, and fluoride (usually for adults under 18). They may also cover composite fillings as well as orthodontic treatment, either completely or partially. Don’t avoid the dentist if you have insurance, otherwise, you are just throwing money away.

  1. It’s Good for Your Overall Health

Maintaining a healthy mouth is not only important for your smile and oral health, but for your overall health. When you suffer from dental problems like gum disease, cavities, infections or even sleep apnea, this puts you at risk for developing more serious problems like heart disease, stroke, heart attack, depression, and more. In order to be a healthy person from the inside of your mouth throughout the rest of your body, it’s important to take your dental health seriously. This means taking preventive dentistry into consideration by brushing and flossing regularly and not skipping dental appointments.

  1. It Forms Good Habits

This is especially important for our patients who have children or who might just struggle with forming good habits. Preventive dentistry in Carmichael is available at Redford Dental Care from dentists who are here to educate you about its importance and how you can better your own home care routine.  Once you get yourself into the habit of brushing twice or more daily as well as flossing regularly, you will find it odd to stop. This is the same for visiting us every 6 months. Once you make yourself do it all the time, it becomes a habit that you no longer think twice about. If you can train yourself to head to the gym every day or to make healthy food choices often, making preventive dentistry a part of your routine shouldn’t be a problem.

  1. There Are Lots of Different Types of Preventive Dentistry at Redford Dental Care

At Redford Dental Care, we believe preventive dentistry in Carmichael is the most important thing when it comes to dentistry. It is because of this that we offer a large variety of preventive dental care and invest in the latest dental technology. Some of the dental procedures we offer for preventive measures include dental exams, dental x-rays, oral cancer screenings, composite fillings, dental cleanings, Invisalign, and night guards. Each of these different procedures offers a level of preventive dentistry to help you maintain a healthy smile and avoid problems like cavities, decay or damage.

We also use the latest dental technology to ensure your mouth is healthy and to detect any problems early on. Some of our dental technology includes intraoral cameras, digital x-rays, CT Cone Beam, and TruDenta. Intraoral cameras help us see your teeth up close without us needing to get physically up close in your mouth. We look at the pictures it takes on the computer which gives us access to zoom in and out to detect problems our naked eye normally wouldn’t be able to see. Digital x-rays are used to find structural damage, teeth coming in incorrectly, bad bites and of course, cavities.

We also have a CT Cone Beam which can be used for planning a treatment or for further inspecting an issue in a patient’s mouth. The CT cone beam delivers little radiation making it safer than digital x-rays. It also gives us a 3D image of your mouth, giving us more information than digital x-rays alone. We can use the cone beam to detect more problems in your mouth so we can plan your treatment more effectively and catch problems early.

In addition to the Cone beam, we also use TruDenta which is a treatment option for TMJ/TMD. This is a device that targets muscular malfunctions. Sufferers of TMJ tend to grind or clench their teeth, experience tooth breakage, jaw and facial pain as well as headaches. With this piece of technology, patients can prevent the habits that cause TMJ and the problems associated with it.

  1. Maintain a Healthy Mouth for Life

Unless you have a fantasy about the dentures you want to wear when you’re old, you will most likely want to have a healthy mouth for life. Well, this can be done with preventive dentistry at Redford Dental Care. Making sure your mouth stays healthy through preventive dentistry efforts is the best way to ensure you have teeth in 20 years. Without proper care, you can expect to lose your teeth and have a future of wearing dentures.

There are so many benefits that go hand in hand with maintaining a healthy smile One of these includes avoiding the problems associated with bad teeth like heart disease, stroke or heart attack. In addition, you will save money in your life from all the expensive procedures you are able to avoid. Making preventive dentistry a priority in your life will give you a lifetime of confidence and a smile you will always want to show off.

  1. You Are Able to Get Cosmetic Dentistry

If you don’t like your smile, you should know that you will need a healthy smile to have any work done. This means that if you want porcelain veneers or teeth whitening treatment, you better be free of gum disease or other dental problems. We do give cosmetic dentistry treatments to patients who have unhealthy mouths. This is because the disease or decay can interfere with the treatment, or your body will simply reject it. Maintaining your oral health is important if you want any type of cosmetic dentistry in your future.

  1. Avoid Extra Visits to the Dentist

As much as you might love us, we don’t think you want to visit us more often than you need to. With preventive dentistry, you will most likely see us only twice a year. When you take proper care of your mouth and make sure to visit for your dental exam and cleaning every 6 months, your healthy smile will not require any additional appointments for treatments or restorations. If you value your time, this might be the nudge you need to get you into the habit of taking preventive dentistry seriously. We only want to see you twice a year because your smile is THAT healthy. Save yourself lots of time in the chair with preventive dentistry in Carmichael.

Contact Redford Dental Care to Schedule an Appointment

If you are overdue for your last dental exam and cleaning, make sure to give our Carmichael dental office a call to schedule your next appointment. Our dental staff is here to make you feel comfortable and to help you establish healthy dental care habits so you only have to see us twice a year. We offer a variety of treatment options and accept lots of insurance plans. For questions regarding insurance or treatment costs, give us a call and we will help you out. Fill out our online contact form or give us a call to schedule your next visit.