The Importance of Preventive Dentistry
Most dentists offer several services from cleanings to oral surgery in order to provide their patients with whatever dental procedure they need. Drs. J. Jerome Smith and Danny Domingue offer some of the most modern technology and procedures available; yet, they focus on preventive dentistry to help their patients avoid the need for these more expensive and intrusive procedures.
The best way to prevent dental concerns such as gum disease and tooth decay is with preventive dentistry. Preventive dentistry includes maintaining your oral health at home and being sure to get regular cleanings and exams so your dentist can help keep your mouth clean and healthy. Your dentist will also be able to catch early warning signs of gum disease and tooth decay and discuss ways of changing your care to avoid any damage.
Importance of Dental Visits
- Cleanings – During your routine dental visits, your dentist will perform a deep cleaning procedure. During this procedure, all of the plaque and tartar build-up will be removed from all areas of the teeth and under the gum line. It is important to get these cleanings at least once every six months because tartar build-up cannot be removed with brushing and flossing alone.
- Exams – Exams are helpful in preventive care because they will allow your dentist to catch dental concerns early enough to prevent them from spreading. Early symptoms of gum disease and tooth decay can be difficult to notice and often patients don’t realize something is wrong until irreparable damage has been done to teeth and gums.
- X-rays – Getting regular x-rays will help your dentist see what is happening below the surface of your gums. Sometimes, cavities can start between teeth where it is difficult to see, but x-rays will allow your dentist to obtain a complete picture of your dental health so they will know the best way to treat you.
Maintaining Your Oral Health
Daily brushing and flossing is key to keeping your teeth and mouth healthy, but your dentist is also vital in the fight against gum disease and tooth decay. If you live in the Lafayette, LA area and would like to know more about preventive dentistry or schedule a cleaning, please contact our office today!