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5 Benefits of Preventive Dentistry

September 23, 2021
Posted By: Prairie Dental Care
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Our Aurora, IL dentists emphasize preventive dentistry for several good reasons, and their motives culminate in optimal oral health for patients of all ages.

Dr. Christina Wang and Dr. Xiaoyu Ma follow guidelines established by the American Dental Association that recommend two dental checkups and teeth cleanings per year. This schedule has been shown to lower your risks for the following dental health issues significantly:

  • Tooth cavities
  • Root infections
  • Gingivitis
  • Gum disease
  • Dental emergencies

If you’re diagnosed with an oral health condition like gum disease, your dentist near Sugar Grove, IL will typically recommend a more customized treatment schedule. However, with regular preventive dental care and an excellent at-home routine, you’re unlikely to contract anything like gum disease!

Let’s look at what happens at a preventive appointment and how these dental visits contribute to your health and wellness.

Click through the headlines below for more information about prevention, or reach out to our dental team today to schedule an appointment.

Your Preventive Checkups and Teeth Cleanings in Aurora, IL

A preventive checkup in our dental office includes:

  • A visual exam of your teeth, gums, and jaw health
  • An oral cancer screening
  • X-rays when indicated
  • Professional teeth cleaning

Our dentists will also talk to you about any findings following your checkup, and we are always happy to discuss your oral health with you and answer any questions you might have.

5 Benefits of Preventive Dentistry

When it comes to visiting your dentist regularly, there are many benefits—many of which you may not have considered.

Let’s look at five benefits.

#1 Early Cavity Diagnosis

When you visit your dentist regularly for dental exams and teeth cleanings, we can spot issues before they pose a significant risk to your oral health, including small cavities before they become deep decay that needs a root canal treatment—or small cavities before they threaten the integrity of your tooth.

#2 Early Oral Cancer Diagnosis

Regular dental visits mean your dentist can diagnose oral cancer early. In most cases, early diagnosis means a more favorable outcome.

#3 Less Likely to Have a Dental Emergency

Most dental emergencies involve root infections that require root canal therapy in Aurora, IL. However, with regular dental visits and teeth cleanings, you can significantly lower your risks for developing a root infection.

#4 Less Risk to Overall Health

Gum disease is a preventable condition, provided you visit your dentist and brush and floss regularly.

However, if you have gum disease and your dentist does not treat it, there can be severe complications. Gum disease has been linked to:

  • Heart health
  • Lung health
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Regular dental checkups allow your dentist to diagnose gum disease in the gingivitis stage, which is curable instead of the full gum disease stage, which is only treatable.

#5 Professional Teeth Cleanings Are Your Best Defense

To lower your risks for preventable conditions, teeth cleanings every six months are your best defense.

Professional teeth cleanings are noninvasive. You relax in the treatment chair while our dental professional clears away cavity and gum disease-causing bacteria. This treatment gives your teeth and gums a fresh start every six months.

toothbrush and toothpasteAt-Home Dental Care

An additional benefit of regular dental visits is asking a team member in person for at-home tips. Of course, you can call our office any time, but an in-person demonstration is always lovely.

As a rule, you’ll want to brush and floss your teeth twice daily or after every meal. And always call our office to report and oral health changes.

Is It Time for Your Dental Visit?

We see patients everywhere, including those in North Aurora, Sugar Grove, Geneva, Batavia, Oswego, and Montgomery, IL. And our dentists, Dr.s Christine Wang and Xiaoyu Ma, speak fluent English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

Also, ask a member of our team about CareCredit. This medical credit card helps patients get the care they need without insurance, allowing them to pay over a predetermined period. Again, a member of our team can help you apply. Decisions are usually prompt.

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