Preventative Dentistry Overview
Many of us understand the benefits of being “proactive” and nowhere can this be seen and felt more than in the area of preventative dentistry. Meant to eliminate threats to the health of your teeth and gums, it can spare most of our patients the headaches (and toothaches) that come from dental decay, gum disease and more. Robert Lowe DDS in Charlotte, NC offers our patients general dentistry and preventative dental care that can help them avoid some of the most problematic dental health issues.
While even the most dedicated brushers and flossers can still experience cavities and other oral health issues, it is far easier to avoid problems of this kind when you work with your preferred dentist in Charlotte on a plan of preventative dentistry. This is not a complex matter and generally involves:
- Regular checkups
- Dental cleanings
- Screenings for gum disease or oral cancer
- Fluoride treatments
- X-rays when necessary
- Fillings or root canals
If you look at that list of preventative dentistry treatments, you can see a sort of progression that starts with the checkups and ends with fillings. We can consider fillings and root canals a form of preventative dentistry simply because they are steps that allow you to keep an adult tooth and to prevent any further decay or damage. This is of the utmost importance because the loss of even a single tooth can start a chain reaction of problems and issues.
Though you might hear that regular preventative dentistry is necessary once per year, it is ideal if you do it every six months. This is true of adults as well as children, and the more often teeth are cleaned and examined, the less likely it will be that major problems appear.
If you are someone who becomes upset over dental treatments, even cleanings, we are happy to offer sedation dentistry services. It is now known that a huge percentage of adults struggle with dental anxiety, and many pay a visit to their dentist only when it is necessary due to pain or discomfort. We can offer sedation dentistry for regular visits in order to encourage you to come in and get the care that prevents problems later on.
If you have additional questions about preventative dentistry, or about any of the other dental treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Charlotte, NC office at 704-450-3321. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.