A comprehensive approach to dental care means the patient and dentist work together to prevent the onset, progress, and recurrence of diseases, decay, and other conditions that could be detrimental to a patients dental health.
Stopping dental disease begins with a patients lifestyle. Good daily oral hygiene as well as a balanced diet are critical components of dental health. In addition to a patients lifestyle, a good dental care program also involves regular visits to the dental office. Visiting the dental office will combine your daily lifestyle choices with the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
Dental Checkups & Cleanings
Good dental health requires regular, professional dental care, such as biannual checkups and cleanings, as well as good home hygiene. Dental checkups and cleanings involve comprehensive examinations of your teeth, gums, and oral cavity, as well as a thorough but gentle professional teeth cleaning. Routine exams help your dentist spot and address any issues that might develop while they’re still in their earliest stages. Your dentist may also utilize advanced digital imaging equipment for a more comprehensive view of your oral health. Also, professional cleanings help ensure that harmful plaque and tartar do not linger on your teeth long enough to cause trouble.
When to Schedule an Appointment?
Generally, you should schedule your dental checkup and cleaning appointments no more than six months apart. A biannual dental cleaning, or prophylaxis, significantly reduces your risks of developing excessive plaque and tartar, as well as the progressive issues that stem from them, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Also, every visit allows your dentist to keep a close eye on your oral health and any developments that may lead to more serious trouble if not addressed promptly. If you present with tooth decay, gum disease, an issue with your bite alignment or bite function, or any other cause for concern, Dr. Dounski will consult with you to decide on an appropriate course of treatment.