The key to great health is preventive care. A diet rich in calcium reduces your risk of arthritis, while exercising boosts your immune system, safeguarding you from illnesses. Similarly, there are steps you can take to keep your teeth healthy and avoid dental problems. In this blog post, Dr. Don Jayne shares a few benefits of preventive dental care.
Early Prevention is Key to Oral Health
The primary goal of preventive dental care is to keep your teeth healthy and fix small problems before they turn into serious issues. For example, poor oral hygiene (such as not brushing often or properly) increases your risk of gum disease, one of the major causes of tooth loss in adults. The symptoms of gum disease are often painless and subtle, meaning you could have it and not be aware of it. While brushing and flossing can keep gum disease from worsening, only a dentist can make an accurate diagnosis and come up with a treatment plan before the disease causes severe damage to your teeth.
Care Today, Savings Tomorrow
Cost is a major reason many people avoid the dentist. But simply put, the cost of a routine checkup does not compare to the price of treating cavities, tooth decay and other dental problems. Consider this: a dental crown and root canal each start at $700, while a full-mouth restoration can cost anywhere between $45,000 and $80,000!
Healthier Smile, Healthier You
Studies have shown poor oral health can open the door to various health conditions. Mouth infections can affect your heart and have been found to be linked to heart disease and stroke. Other research shows periodontal disease can make it difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar levels, among other issues.
What You Can Do
The good news is that proper oral hygiene can dramatically reduce your risk of dental and secondary health issues. The American Dental Association makes the following recommendations on preventive dental care:
- Brush for two minutes at least twice a day, using fluoridated toothpaste
- Floss daily to remove plaque from hard-to-reach places
- Follow a healthy diet that is low in sugar and rich in calcium as well as vitamins A and C
- Avoid cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and other drugs
- Schedule a regular dental checkup twice a year
Contact Us Today
Stay on top of your oral health by scheduling a routine dental exam and cleaning with one of Seattle’s premier dentists, Dr. Don Jayne. Dr. Jayne offers a wide selection of general and cosmetic dentistry services to help keep your smile healthy and bright. To learn more about our general and cosmetic dentistry procedures, please call us today at (206) 623-4400.