There’s a saying, “Prevention is the best medicine,” and that includes your oral health. Simply put, preventive dentistry is caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. Here at Marcus Dental Practice, we believe in working with you to take steps to prevent oral health issues before they arise. Let’s look at some of the ways preventive dentistry can be practiced and why it is so important.
How Is Preventive Dentistry Practiced?
It starts at home. You need to eat a balanced diet with limited snack and sugar. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily. You should avoid smoking, but if you do smoke, you should visit us more often for checkups due to the increased risks of stained teeth, oral cancer, and gum disease.
We practice preventive dentistry by providing regular checkups to help prevent oral problems or to catch them early if they do develop. We don’t just check the teeth and gums. At your dental exam, we can see signs of vitamin and iron deficiencies, osteoporosis, diabetes, HIV, cancer, and more. We can see the effects of bad dental habits and instruct you on lifestyle changes you may need for good oral health.
Preventive dentistry continues with regular cleaning. Even the most conscientious brushing and flossing can’t catch all the areas where plaque buildup can occur and harden into tartar — and tartar can only be removed with professional help. Regular cleanings help keep plaque and tartar at bay.
In addition to checkups and cleanings, we offer other preventive dentistry services, including:
VELscope — We use this device to detect abnormalities in your oral tissues that may not be seen by the naked eye. This is a useful tool to help us find diseases such as cancer early.
Cone beam technology — This system exposes patients to less radiation than the typical x-ray. The accurate 3D images allow us to diagnose and treat oral health issues in the early stages.
Repairing damaged teeth — Chipped, cracked, or infected teeth require protection to keep from further weakening, or worse. Ways we can do this include bridges, crowns, implants, or dentures.
Are you practicing preventive dentistry? When was your last checkup and cleaning? By working together, we can prevent many oral health problems from ever occurring. If you have any questions about preventive dentistry or need to make an appointment, we are conveniently located in The Loop in Downtown Chicago, Illinois, so contact us today.