What Is Preventative Dentistry and Why Is It Important?

In addition to helping patients with their oral surgery needs, the team of professionals at Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery also provides general dentistry solutions. This includes education on how to maintain a healthy smile free from periodontal disease, disease, and other conditions.

What is preventative dentistry?

Preventative dentistry encompasses a proactive approach to oral health and wellness. Instead of waiting for something to go wrong in the smile, such as a lost restoration or a severe toothache, preventative dentistry is the active participation in caring for the teeth and gums with brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits.

The American Dental Association, or ADA, recommends that patients visit their dental provider at least twice a year. This allows the dentist to evaluate the smile, take x-rays, and determine if there are any concerns that require attention. This is also a great time for the dentist to go over dental health concerns, developing problems, or other needs for patients.

Why is preventative dentistry important?

Taking care of the smile can greatly reduce the risk of various dental health issues developing. By visiting the dentist regularly, problems that may develop can be caught in the earlier stages and treated effectively. This is a wonderful alternative to waiting until problems occur to see a dentist, only to find that the condition has developed into later stages and has caused more damage and costs more to treat.

What does preventative dentistry entail?

Preventative dentistry may include any of the following steps taken by a patient:

• Daily brushing and flossing

• Routine dental visits for examinations

• Dental x-rays

• Dental cleanings by a hygienist

• Fluoride or sealant applications

• Visits to the dentist as soon as problems occur

Instead of waiting for problems to occur, regular visits with the dentist can help keep most problems at bay, including the development of periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Interested in obtaining quality care from a dental professional in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area?

Contact Dr. Leslie Sultan of Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery to schedule an appointment. Call (954) 771-8772 and visit at 4800 North Federal Highway, Suite #201. We welcome new and existing patients into our facility for comprehensive dental care solutions!

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