When it comes to your oral health, preventative dentistry can save you both time and money down the road. Restorative dentistry can cost thousands of dollars, so by keeping your teeth and gums healthy now, you can protect your smile and your resources.
This means practicing good ongoing daily oral hygiene to keep tooth decay and gum disease away. Brushing and flossing every day, and eating a balanced diet to provide important vitamins and minerals for healthy teeth and gums.
In addition, the American Dental Association (ADA) advises seeing your dentist twice a year for professional cleaning and managing any oral issues that arise. These visits allow us to spot problems early and take care of them before they grow.
At your visit, we evaluate the health of your gums, check for tooth decay, check your head, neck, and mouth for any abnormalities, including signs of diabetes, oral cancer, and TMJ. We also thoroughly clean your teeth and eliminate hardened plaque from around the gumline.
Regular dental care helps you avoid cavities, enamel erosion, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Avoiding these dental problems can lower your risk of secondary problems linked to poor oral health, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, premature birth, and low birth weight babies.
When it comes to children, dental decay can affect their growth and development. For children and adults, oral diseases can hamper chewing, speaking, interfere with daily activities and affect self-esteem.
To support your efforts and promote preventative care, many dental insurance plans pay all or most of the costs associated with routine dental exams. Practicing preventative dentistry now can save you time and money later, and ultimately, may help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime of smiles.
If you would like to know more about preventative dental care, feel free to reach out to us at 575-532-5437 to schedule a consultation with one of our qualified dentists. Our KidsKare P.C. team offers multiple locations in New Mexico for your convenience!