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The Importance of Preventive Care

You don’t have to wait until you are experiencing a toothache or other oral health issue to see the dentist. Scheduling regular checkups is an excellent way to prevent many dental problems in the first place. Preventive care includes oral exams, teeth cleanings, and other services, such as fluoride treatments. Dr. Brad Miller, the skilled and caring family dentist at Columbia Center for Dentistry in Columbia, MO, offers preventive care to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Dental Checkups

Preventive dental care is an extremely effective way to prevent a wide range of oral health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease. A major component of preventive care is regular dental visits. Seeing the dentist regularly makes it possible to detect potential health concerns early so they can be treated promptly before they have a chance to progress or spread to other areas. Gingivitis, for instance, is an early stage of gum disease. Treatment is less complicated when caught during this early stage.

Regular dental visits include oral exams and cleanings. Oral exams give the dentist a chance to look for any new issues or concerns that might have developed since your last visit. Professional cleanings also play a major role in helping you enjoy better oral health. No matter how thorough your at-home oral hygiene routine is, professional cleaning is the only way to remove tartar buildup. Tartar that is not removed can contribute to the development of gum disease, which can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Scheduling dental checkups once every six months is the norm for most patients. However, some patients benefit from seeing the dentist more often. The experienced family dentist at our Columbia office can determine how frequently you should schedule your dental checkups.

Developing Healthy Habits

Preventive care is not restricted to the dentist’s office. Developing healthy habits, such as a consistent and thorough oral hygiene routine, also plays an important role in preventing various oral health problems. An effective oral hygiene routine includes gently brushing the teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste twice daily, as well as flossing between teeth every day. Limiting the consumption of sugary foods and drinks is another healthy habit that helps prevent tooth decay and other problems.

Preventive dental care can play a significant role in helping you avoid a host of oral health issues, including tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Miller can determine how often you need a checkup, as well as provide guidance on developing healthy habits at home. To schedule an appointment with our family dentist, call Columbia Center for Dentistry in Columbia, MO, at (573) 446-2687.

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