The word ‘prevention’ is pretty self-explanatory in defining itself, as the root ‘pre’ means before or first. With that in mind, ask yourself, “Do I like being first?” Of course, the answer will be yes (for most occasions). It’s innately programmed in your human nature to strive for being first. However, things happen in life that deter you from that mindset or simply make you more complacent. But your dentist has some valuable information for you, that will show why its so important to have a “first place” attitude about your oral health. He’ll also explain the necessity of partnering with him in your preventive oral care.
What is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is the area of your dentist’s practice that focuses on catching issues before they can manifest into behemoth problems. It involves semi-annual visits where he and his staff will perform several in depth procedures and examinations to monitor the current state of your oral health, including:
- Cleaning – A skilled dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth while you’re there, to remove any built-up plaque and tartar.
- Examination – The hygienist will then perform an examination to assess the condition of your teeth and gums, including the enamel, dentin, color or swelling in the gums, and mouth sores.
- X-rays – X-rays will be taken to give your dentist a full picture of your teeth and jawbone, so that he can make a full assessment of your oral health.
- Dentist’s Examination – The dentist’s examination will include him checking your face, jaw and neck for any abnormalities that could indicate serious problems like jaw misalignment, diabetes or oral cancer.
Why You Shouldn’t Skip Appointments
You shouldn’t skip these appointments because they provide you with an opportunity to catch issues before they become major problems. Your visits also will save you money because most insurance carriers will pay up to 100 % of preventive care visits. If you utilize these visits right, then, you could possibly have little-to-no dental expenses.
Furthermore, it’s an opportunity for you to build a better relationship with your dentist and ask questions that may have been on your mind.
How to Get More Out of Your Visit to the Dentist
The best way to get more out of your visits to the dentist is to practice excellent oral hygiene at home, which involves brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, to guard against harmful bacteria and plaque that contribute to gum disease and a host of other problems.
You now have a chance to finish first in your oral health and add years of enjoyment to your life. Contact your dentist to learn how you can take advantage of this opportunity.
About the Author
A 37-year veteran in the field of dentistry, Dr. Dennis J. Horvath earned his Doctorate from the Ohio State University. He then completed his General Practice Residency at Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. He practices at the Painesville Dental Group and can be reached for more information through his website.