What is preventative dental care and why is it important?

istock 487631064 Your oral health habits play a significant role in the health of your teeth and gums. While visiting the dentist every six months is strongly encouraged and advised by the American Dental Association, it is not the only step needed to achieve good oral health and wellness. Home care is also key, and by combining your efforts with your dental team, you can enjoy a smile free from periodontal disease and tooth decay. 

What is preventative dental care? 

Preventative dental care is an approach to caring for the smile that is a more proactive approach. Instead of waiting for issues to occur with the smile and visit the dentist for expensive fixes, preventative dentistry is the care of the smile while everything is going right! Patients are not only advised to brush and floss their teeth after every meal, but visit the dentist twice a year for evaluations and professional dental cleanings. Also, patients who notice a problem occurring with their smile, whether it be a toothache or sensitivity, may also want to call their dentist between visits to check for potential problems. In most cases, treating problems in their earlier stages is easier and less expensive than waiting for more expensive issues to arise. 

Why is preventative dental care important? 

The team at Gallery 57 Dental encourages patients to be proactive about preventative dentistry to keep their smile healthier, longer. Many conditions that can develop, including periodontal disease and tooth decay, can become a problem that can impact the health, function, or beauty of the smile. In cases such as periodontal disease, this condition can cause permanent tooth loss. The same goes for cavities, which also cause significant damage to the tooth structure and can require removal of a tooth if the program goes undiagnosed and untreated. 

Maintain your oral health with the team at Gallery 57 Dental 

New York, NY area patients who are interested in routine dental care and an education on how to keep the teeth and gums healthy are invited to book a consultation visit with the team at Gallery 57 Dental. We welcome you to our practice to discuss your needs with our dental team. Call (212) 246-8700 to request an appointment at our facility, located in Suite 701 at 24 West 57th Street.

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