Why We Should All Practice Preventive Dentistry
What is preventive dentistry?
Preventive dentistry means keeping our teeth and gums healthy. What it involves can be any number of things including:
- Brushing and flossing after meals
- Choosing to eat foods that don’t wear enamel
- Visiting the dentist for a clean regularly
- Wearing a mouthguard when playing sports
- And more!
It’s doing activities and taking care of yourself to prevent things like cavities, gingivitis, and enamel wear.
You only get one set of real teeth
Why is preventive dentistry so important? Because you only get one set of teeth, that’s why! If you lose a tooth to decay, it’s gone for good. If your tooth gets chipped due to a ball hitting you in the mouth, that’s a part of your tooth that you’ll never get back!
Dental care can be expensive
Have you looked up lately how much a root canal costs? Because dental care is not covered under Medicare, it can make dental treatment in Australia quite expensive if you don’t have private health cover – and even sometimes if you do! By practicing preventive dentistry you can avoid costly dentistry bills, and keep that money in your pocket for something more fun.
Set a good example for the kids
When kids teeth are developing they need to take extra good care of them – that’s why children often get cavities. But if you aren’t practicing good dental health yourself, what sort of image are you projecting to your children? If your teeth are stained and full of food all the time, what chance do your kids have? Choose to practice preventive dentistry together to make sure that your kids get into good habits early.
Catching problems in time can lead to less headaches down the road
Going to the dentist on a regular basis can catch problems in your mouth before they become a real issue. For example, catching a mild case of gingivitis early can prevent full blown gum disease later on, once you stop it in its tracks and make steps to rectify the issue. Regular check ups mean less headache for you in the long run. And is there anything more important than a healthy mouth, especially later on in life?
Come into our Maroubra dental clinic for regular check ups or to get a mouthguard fitted for your sporting activities. Our friendly staff will make sure to keep your teeth and gums in tip top shape so that you can use them without worry for many, many years to come. Call up to book in for an appointment with us today!