Why Preventive Dentistry Is Important
Would you like to keep your smile healthy and attractive? Here at Cinamon & Hubley Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Framingham, MA, your dentists offer a number of preventive dentistry services to help protect your oral health—read on to learn more!
Regular visits prevent tooth decay from destroying your teeth
Large cavities are more difficult and costly to treat than smaller ones. Extensive tooth decay may even put your tooth in jeopardy if the decay extends into the tooth pulp. Fortunately, there's no need to worry about severe decay if you visit our Framingham office every six months.
When you schedule regular checkups, your dentist can diagnose and treat cavities when they're small and haven't caused much damage to your teeth. Although many people assume that they would know if they have a cavity, that's not always the case. In fact, 26 percent of adults have untreated cavities, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Cleanings reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease
Dental cleanings performed during your checkup remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Plaque, a colorless, sticky substance, is a key factor in tooth decay. If you miss a spot when you brush, plaque can turn into tartar, a hard brownish deposit that can irritate your gums. Tartar is so hard that your dental hygienist must use special instruments to remove it from your teeth.
Cleanings offer a simple way to keep your teeth and gums healthy, while also providing the additional benefit of removing surface stains that can dull teeth.
Other benefits of preventive dentistry
Regular visits to your dentist also offer a few additional advantages, including:
- Identification of Tooth Issues: During your exam, your dentist will look for signs of potential problems, including cracks in teeth, crumbling enamel, dying nerves, loose fillings or teeth, or poorly fitting dentures.
- Oral Cancer Screening: Every exam includes a screening for oral cancer. Cancer signs can be subtle and may be missed if you don't see your dentist regularly.
- Detection of General Health Problems: Some signs of general health problems first appear in your mouth. For example, dry mouth may be a symptom of an autoimmune disease, while bleeding gums can occur if you have diabetes. If your dentist notices any unusual symptoms, he'll recommend that you follow up with your physician.
Time for an appointment? Give us a call
Safeguard your smile with preventive dentistry services! Call your Framingham, MA, dentists at Cinamon & Hubley Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, at (508) 872-1422 to schedule an appointment.