Healthy teeth aren’t just beautiful; they help keep your entire body at its best. When dental problems arise, they can seriously hurt your health. But many dental health issues are avoidable through good, consistent oral hygiene practices. Even when problems do arise, they can usually be minimized if they are identified and treated early. At Cary Dental Associates, we believe the best way to help you achieve optimal dental health is through education and preventive care. If you are taking good care of your teeth and you know the signs to watch for, you have a major advantage over those who don’t.
“Dental health care” vs. “disease care”
No matter what causes your dental health problems, they will always get worse without proper treatment. Tooth decay and gum disease will not resolve on their own, and over time can cause irreversible damage to your mouth. On the other hand, prompt treatment almost guarantees the easiest and most complete recovery. For this reason, we focus on proactively promoting dental health, rather than just waiting for disease to strike. The more active you are in caring for your teeth, the healthier they will stay.
The importance of dental exams
The sooner a dental health problem can be identified, the easier treatment will be. For this reason, we recommend frequent dental exams. A dentist can spot problems even before you can. Our exams help us identify signs of developing gum disease, cavities, unusual wear on your teeth, and even oral cancer. We can also help identify areas where your personal dental care routine may be lacking, and help you learn proper techniques for improved daily care. Exams and daily care are the staples of good dental health.
The benefits of preventive dentistry
Sometimes, your teeth need a little help to stay healthy. Aside from just watching for problems, Cary Dental Associates offers a range of preventive dentistry services including professional cleanings, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants. Each of these procedures boosts your mouth’s ability to fend off bacteria and provides an extra line of defense against decay.
As you regularly visit our office, you’ll have the chance to learn the latest about your dental health and to expand your knowledge regarding proper dental care. At the same time, you’ll be giving us a chance to learn about you–what challenges you’re facing and what changes in your life, such as illness or medication, may affect your teeth. The more we know about your unique situation, the better we’ll be able to advise you so that we can work together to keep your teeth whole and healthy.