Dental preventive care is just as important as scheduling regular preventive check-ups with your family doctor. When your mouth isn’t healthy, you’re at risk for heart disease, stroke, and respiratory illnesses like pneumonia, in addition to serious oral health problems like periodontal disease and tooth loss. At Trusty Dental in Riverside, Connecticut, the dedicated team of oral health specialists understands how vital dental preventive care is and they’re here to help you stay well. Call the office or use the online scheduler to book your appointment today.
Trusty Dental recommends a specific dental exam plan for you. Most patients need preventive care appointments every six months for optimal health. Your dental preventive care appointments include a comprehensive exam, digital X-rays with an intraoral camera, and teeth cleaning.
Preventive dental care is important because it allows you to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. When you maintain good oral health, you’ll always chew and speak with confidence.
Dental preventive care is also important because your oral health has whole-body implications. When you have a lot of harmful bacteria in your mouth, it not only causes tooth decay and gum disease, it also spreads into other parts of your body. For example, bacteria can move into your lungs and eventually lead to dangerous respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia.
Heart health is also tied to oral health. Although the specific link isn’t entirely understood, research shows that problems like heart disease, clogged arteries, and stroke are connected to poor oral health.
On top of all the health reasons, there’s also an important financial reason. Taking good care of your oral health now is much cheaper than paying for a mouth full of dental implants, jawbone restoration, gum surgery, or other major interventions later on.
In addition to having your appointments as scheduled, it’s important to brush your teeth two times every day. Flossing daily is equally critical because it removes the plaque between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.
If you have a history of tooth decay, gum disease, or both, you may need to use special preventive treatments at home. For example, after periodontal disease treatment, you might need to use a special antibiotic mouthwash to prevent harmful bacteria from growing too quickly in your mouth.
If you wear a removable dental appliance or are straightening your teeth with Invisalign®, preventive care also includes cleaning the appliance or aligners regularly. Never replace an appliance or aligner in your newly clean mouth without making sure it’s germ free.
Keep your teeth and gums healthy and preserve a stunning smile with preventive care at Trusty Dental. Call the office or use online booking today.