Oral hygiene habits such as brushing, flossing and regular dentist visits are all examples of preventative dental care. Simple steps such as these can go a long way in preserving your smile and oral health. In this blog post, Kois Dentistry shares a few reasons why preventative dental care is important.
Treat Dental Issues in Their Early Stages
At-home oral hygiene (i.e., brushing at least two times a day and flossing daily) is the first line of defense against tooth decay. Not brushing and flossing properly can lead to plaque, a sticky film that contains bacteria. If left there, plaque can harden and turn into tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing or flossing. Routine dental checkups are important in monitoring oral health and detecting dental issues in their early stages, before they have serious consequences. For instance, gum disease in its early stages can be treated before it turns to gingivitis (a more serious stage of gum disease) and tooth loss.
Avoid Costly Dental Treatments
Not only can preventative dental care help you avoid serious dental issues, it can also help you save money. For example, compare the cost of a dental implant (a multi-step procedure that typically requires at least two dental visits) to a routine dental checkup and cleaning. Simply put, serious and more complex dental issues typically require more money and time to repair.
Oral Health Is Linked to Overall Health
Did you know gum disease is linked to numerous health issues, including pancreatic disease, stroke and heart disease? Good oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings and exams can reduce your risk of developing gum disease and other health complications. At Kois Dentistry, our dentists utilize the most advanced tools and equipment to monitor your oral health, including oral cancer screenings to diagnose and treat oral disease and cancer in its early stages.
Preventative dental care is important at any age. At Kois Dentistry, our team is committed to helping you and your family maintain good oral and overall health. To learn more about our preventative dental care services, including dental exams and cleanings, please schedule an appointment at one of our Seattle locations today.