Do you want to prevent tooth decay and reduce the need for costly dental procedures? Poor oral health has been linked to strokes, heart disease, premature births and Alzheimer’s disease. Preventive dental care focuses on procedures that are designed to prevent oral disease and improve your overall health.
The American Dental Association recommends the following steps to maintain good oral health:
- Brush your teeth two times per day with an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months
- Use floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between teeth daily
- Eat a balanced diet and avoid soft drinks
- Visit a dental professional regularly for cleanings and oral exams
When you visit your dental provider for regular checkups and cleanings you minimize your chances of needing serious dental treatments such as root canals, periodontal treatments, and tooth replacement. Dental disease is entirely preventable.
Proper dental care should be a regular part of a healthy lifestyle. Axiom Dentistry offers an array of preventive services and the latest in dental technology:
Oral Exams and Education
Regular dental exams are necessary for screening of tumors and cysts, identifying decay, and monitoring bone loss and other oral health conditions. During your dental exam, your dental professional will use X-rays if necessary and a visual exam to determine any possible needs and will discuss your goals and expectations to develop a customized treatment plan.
Professional dental cleanings are a preventive service designed to prevent gum disease, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Specialized instruments are used to remove plaque and tartar. Our team enjoys educating patients about proper oral care and can recommend appropriate home care products.
Periodontal disease refers to a bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting tooth structure. Symptoms include red, bleeding and swollen gums, bad breath, and eventually tooth loss. Regular dental cleanings and good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent periodontal disease. However, once periodontal disease has been identified, proper treatment will be necessary to control the progression of the disease, maintain, and possibly restore the supporting structures.
Axiom Dentistry also offers intraoral cameras and digital X-rays enabling patients to take an active role in their dental treatment. Patients can see what we see with enhanced, enlarged, and cropped images that can expose areas of concern that otherwise might not be evident in a visual examination.
Regular oral examinations and dental cleanings should be a part of your healthy lifestyle. Prevention and early intervention is the best way to stay healthy, save money, and have a beautiful smile. Contact Axiom Dentistry to schedule your next dental evaluation.