What Is Preventive Dentistry?

preventionWhen you visit your dentist twice a year, it is not simply to get your teeth polished.  It is to prevent dental problems from developing in the future, especially problems like periodontal disease which can lead to tooth loss. Tooth loss is a person’s nightmare. Once you lose your teeth you either live with edentulism, get dentures, or get dental implants.  Dentures can be uncomfortable and implants require a complex, invasive, and expensive procedure for each tooth replaced.  That’s why you attend regular dental visits to partake in preventive dentistry.

What Does It Include?

Practicing preventive dentistry helps to ensure that your teeth remain clean and strong. It helps to prevent cavities, enamel wear, tooth stains, gum disease, and helps you to retain your teeth for the length of your life. Preventive care includes early diagnosis and treatment to avoid costly dental problems in the future.  Preventive dental procedures include:

  • Regular exams–twice yearly
  • Professional cleanings–twice yearly
  • X-rays including bitewing x-rays, periapical x-rays, and panoramic x-rays–annually or every three years
  • Fluoride treatments–twice yearly
  • Sealants

At-Home Dental Care

Dental disease is almost entirely preventable if you practice proper oral hygiene. Home oral hygiene consists of brushing for two minutes at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. What you eat can also help keep your teeth clean and strong. Choosing tooth-friendly foods and beverages can help prevent future dental problems. Rather than sugary and acid drinks like soda choose to drink fluoridated water instead. Instead of processed sugary foods like cookies, cakes, and candy, choose to eat fresh crispy vegetables such as carrots, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower, and fresh fruits.

About Your Reno Dentists

Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 800-4845.