Good oral health means a lot to us. It allows us to show more emotion through facial expressions, communicate with others, and eat any food we want. Developing preventive habits early in life will lead to better oral health, a more attractive smile, and improved quality of life.
However, many people aren’t willing to see a dentist until a problem develops. That’s why 25% of adults in the United States have untreated tooth decay. Visiting a dentist on regular occasions would allow you to bypass this problem and keep a healthy smile.
What falls into preventive dentistry? Everything from regularly visiting your dentist to keeping up your teeth cleaning routine. Paying attention to your oral health will allow you to save energy, time, and money. If you don’t watch out, you may end up losing every single tooth in your mouth. A full reconstruction of your mouth may end up costing you $80,000.
Brushing and flossing can reduce your risk of dental inflammation, gum disease, periodontitis, diabetes, as well as respiratory diseases such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis. Serious problems like heart failure can also be reduced by oral health. Most surprisingly, preventive dentistry can lessen the chance of developing certain cancers.
Preventative dentistry is not only about what you do in the dentist’s chair, it includes what you can do at home too. Some of the most important practices include:
Some people simply aren’t accustomed to visiting the dentist’s office multiple times a year. That’s fine, however, adults shouldn’t wait for more than 24 to make a dentist visit. And that’s only if your mouth and teeth have been perfectly healthy for a long time.
If you’re wondering why you should pay so much attention to all of this, here are a few more benefits of preventive dentistry:
Forest Lake Smiles is proud to offer preventative dental care. Understanding your needs better is the first step to finding the right treatment plan. We want to learn more about your specific problem and find a treatment plan that’s perfect for you. To visit our office at 1068 Lake Street S, Suite 210, Forest Lake, contact us online or give us a call at (651)464-8207.