The Importance Of Preventive Care
By Cary Dentists
February 16, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

Preventive dentistry can protect against decay and gum disease.

When was the last time you visited the dentist? If it’s been more than six months, then you aren’t doing everything that you should keep your teeth and gums healthy. Here in Cary, NC our dentists Dr. Kirk Wilkie, Dr. Vic Turner, and Dr. Joey Pesicek encourage their patients to fully understand the importance of preventive dentistry to support healthy teeth and gums. Our dental team loves to hear that patients are taking an active and vested interest in their oral health.

What is preventive dentistry?

You may be wondering what preventive dentistry entails. The preventive dentistry that our dental team offers includes,

  • Prophylactic dental cleanings
  • Oral cancer screenings (performed during your six-month checkups)
  • Dental X-rays (performed by our Cary, NC, family dentists once a year)
  • Dental sealants and fluoride treatment, which can reduce the risk of cavities

Of course, you also play a role in preventive dental care. Your at-home routine, habits, and lifestyle can either support healthy teeth or gums or lead to disease. Preventive dentistry that you can perform right in your own home includes,

  • Brushing twice a day for two minutes each time
  • Using fluoride toothpaste
  • Replacing your toothbrush head every 3-4 months
  • Flossing every day, ideally in the evening before brushing
  • Using an antimicrobial oral rinse
  • Avoiding or quitting smoking
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Eliminating sugar and starches from your diet

What is the importance of preventive dentistry?

Wasn’t it Ben Franklin that said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” This certainly rings true when it comes to caring for your smile. Here at our Cary, NC, dental practice, we would much rather provide your smile with the easy-care it needs now rather than treating a disease or other problems once they occur. Some of the benefits of preventive dentistry include,

  • Preventing decay, gum disease, and other dental problems from happening
  • Catching oral health problems early on when they can be reversed or easily treated
  • Saving time and money on unnecessary dental expenses that could have been avoided with preventive dentistry
  • Supporting good overall health, since oral health problems are linked to systemic and possibly serious health issues such as diabetes and heart disease

There are a host of benefits associated with preventive dentistry. If you need to schedule your next cleaning with our Cary, NC, dentists don’t hesitate to call us at (919) 481-0330. No matter how busy you are, we can work with you to find a time that fits your work or school schedule.