Did you know that there’s one thing you can do today that can save the beauty and health of your smile for years to come? No, it does not involve buying or using over-the-counter products that often over-promise on their performance and under-deliver on their results. It simply involves making an appointment for preventive dentistry near you.
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy through proactive care and preventive dentistry is more accessible, cheaper, and much better than the alternative of cavities, bad breath, tooth loss, tooth replacement, and gum disease.
Even if you’re diligent about brushing and flossing at home, visiting a dentist every six months is vital to keep problematic dental issues at bay. Just as it’s recommended that you undergo health screening and regular testing to keep your body healthy (even if you eat right and exercise), the same is true concerning your oral health.
Suppose it’s been more than six months since your last dental exam. In that case, we invite you to get back on schedule by booking a preventive dental exam today with Dr. Simmons since prevention is always better than needing to treat damage after it becomes a problem.
During your oral exam, our dentist will be able to identify any problem areas in your oral health and provide timely recommendations for care as intervention and correction. For example, our dentist will perform a gum disease evaluation, tooth decay screening, bite analysis, visual oral cancer screening, and more. Each of these evaluations is important singularly, but their importance is unparalleled when they’re combined in one preventive dental exam.
For example, early gum disease can be treated through deeper professional cleanings to prevent worsening, whereas advanced gum disease requires oral surgery to correct. Likewise, you may not think about oral cancer too much. But did you know that according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the “death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development?”
We use VELscope®, an enhanced oral assessment system, to provide superior care to patients who require oral cancer screening. VELscope uses natural tissue fluorescence to highlight areas of oral mucosal abnormalities. VELscope lights up potentially pre-malignant tissues, thus enabling our dentist to focus on those areas for more accurate screening.
Another benefit that our dentist and dental care team at Claremont Dental Group provide in preventive dentistry includes counseling on best practices for at-home oral hygiene care for either yourself or your children. We’ve found that when children understand how fun brushing and flossing can be when they visit our office, they are more likely to emulate that same behavior at home.
Plus, when you schedule back-to-back appointments for yourself and your children, they’ll be able to see first-hand how easy it was for you to receive care, and any anxiety they may have been displaying about their exam will be washed away.
Another type of preventive dentistry that is sometimes overlooked in children and adults is the importance of protecting teeth during sports. People sometimes think only professional players need sports guards or are only needed when specified on an equipment list. And even then, many people rely on over-the-counter mouthguards, which are often uncomfortable, ill-fitting, and lack maximum protection.
Instead, our dentist at Claremont Dental Group can provide a customized sports guard that helps prevent over 200,000 injuries per year, according to the American Dental Association. And in case you’re wondering, yes, customized sports guards from Dr. Simmons can fit comfortably – and protectively – over braces.
We invite you to make an appointment today to learn more about sports guards and other appliance therapy from our dentist near you as a part of your and your family’s preventive health services.
Whether you need a dentist near you for preventive dentistry or any of the other comprehensive dental treatments we provide at Claremont Dental Group, we are here for you. Dr. Min and her team look forward to welcoming you to our dental practice, and we invite you to make an appointment now to get started.