Family Dentistry Is The Key
By bringing your entire family to the dentist, you can give your children the great start to a healthy smile they need. However, don’t forget about yourself and your spouse. Losing teeth to decay or periodontitis (gum disease) is not normal if you are taking care of your teeth properly. This means tooth loss can be prevented, but it takes a life time of proper oral hygiene habits and dental visits. So you may be asking yourself why is it so important to visit your family dentist frequently. Here is a list to explain why:
X-rays: Your dentist will take periodic x-rays of your teeth to ensure that there isn’t any decay happening in the unseen areas, such as between the teeth. This will also allow your doctor to detect anything unusual.
Cancer Screenings: Although it is unlikely to have oral cancer (especially if you don’t drink or smoke), it can still happen and can be very deadly if not caught early. Your doctor knows what to look for and can alert you to potential malignancies.
Sealants and Flouride: Did you know that there have been many studies on dental sealants for children proving that sealants greatly decrease childhood decay? Sealants are a thin layer or resin that is placed in the pits of your child’s molars to prevent bacteria from settling there and creating cavities. Flouride is another substance that has been studied greatly and has also greatly decreased cavity occurrence substantially. A twice-yearly fluoride varnish is a great way to prevent cavities and expensive fillings for your child.
Prevention: Your dentist has a lot of knowledge about what can cause dental issues down the road. By visiting frequently they can help you prevent problems or fix them early before they become more expensive and painful to manage. So don’t put off your dental appointment and make sure you’ve seen your dentist at least once in the past 8 months.