Comfortable, Convenient Preventive Dental Care at Zackeru Family Dentistry
Preventative Dental Care
For many people, going to the dentist every six months for routine dental check-ups may not seem like a top priority. They assume that if their teeth look healthy and aren’t giving them any trouble, there’s no problem postponing it, sometimes indefinitely. What they don’t realize is that by doing so, they may be jeopardizing the well-being of their oral and overall health. At Zackeru Family Dentistry, Dr. Zackeru and his trusted team want to keep you and your family smiling bright for years to come. Here’s why keeping your routine dental exams is so important and how practicing preventative dental care is the best way to protect your teeth from a slew of oral health problems.
What is Preventative Dentistry?
Preventative dentistry entails proactively caring for your teeth to prevent oral health problems from developing, such as tooth decay, erosion, and gum disease. There are many steps that can be taken to keep your teeth and gums healthy, including brushing and flossing twice a day, limiting sugar consumption, avoiding tobacco products, and visiting the dentist every six months for routine check-ups and cleanings.
Why is Preventative Dentistry Important?
Common oral health concerns, such as cavities and gingivitis, can often develop quickly and lead to more serious problems, such as abscess’s and gum disease. Fortunately, they can usually be identified and prevented with routine dental exams. For this reason, visiting the dentist twice a year is essential to keeping your teeth, gums, and body healthy for a lifetime.
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What Does Dr. Zackeru Look for During a Dental Exam?
During your dental check-up, Dr. Zackeru will inspect your head and neck for signs of disease. He will then proceed to check your tongue, cheeks, gums, and throat for visible evidence of conditions such as oral cancer. Finally, Dr. Zackeru will closely examine your teeth for any signs of decay, unusual wear, and fractures. If anything is out of the ordinary, he will inform you of his findings and recommend a personalized treatment plan to help restore the health of your mouth as quickly as possible.
What Services are the Most Popular at a Preventative Dental Exam?
When you visit Zackeru Family Dentistry for a preventative dental exam, you can expect the following to take place:
- A dental assistant will take the needed X-rays of your teeth and mouth.
- Dr. Zackeru will examine your teeth, gums, mouth, and neck for any abnormalities.
- A dental hygienist will thoroughly clean, floss, and polish your teeth to remove tartar build-up, stain, prevent cavities, and gum recession.
What Happens if You Don't Go to the Dentist?
If you don’t visit the dentist regularly for dental exams and professional cleanings, you are putting the health and well-being of your mouth at risk. It’s not a question of if oral health problems will occur, but when? Some common oral health concerns that could arise as a result of avoiding the dentist include:
- Tooth decay/cavities
- Plaque/tartar build-up
- Bad breath
- Gum disease
- Tooth loss
- Oral cancer
- Illnesses in other parts of the body, such as heart disease or diabetes
Your teeth may look healthy to you, but a trained eye could detect problems that you weren’t aware of. Oral health problems can start off as something small, such as a cavity, and can quickly lead to more serious issues, such as an abscess.
Who Can Benefit from Preventative Dentistry?
People of all ages should practice good oral hygiene habits that will prevent oral health concerns from developing. Children should learn the importance of caring for their teeth as soon as possible and should come in for regular dental exams within the first few years of life. Likewise, as people age, preventive dental care is critical to helping adults keep their natural teeth and maintain good overall health.
At Zackeru Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing preventive dental services to everyone in your family. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Zackeru today to see how comfortable and convenient caring for your smile can be!