Preventive Dental Care Benefits Oral and Overall Health

Dr. Wesley O. Lynch provides preventive dental care as part of your comprehensive dental treatment at our Ruston, LA, office to guard against future health problems. Regular dental cleanings and exams can prevent oral health issues and detect problems early on to promote an increased treatment success rate. 

What Does Preventive Care Involve?

dentist examining a patient's mouthPreventive dental care involves a combination of regular dental exams and cleanings and proper at-home oral care. Dental cleanings and exams are typically done in the same appointment every six months. Dental cleanings remove deposits of bacteria, plaque, and tartar that are inaccessible through regular brushing and flossing. Regular cleanings can prevent the development of cavities, tooth decay, gingivitis, and gum disease.

During a dental exam, Dr. Lynch will examine your teeth and gums for early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or damage caused by clenching or grinding your teeth. Dr. Lynch will also perform an oral cancer screening, looking for any lesions inside the mouth for patients who are at risk for oral cancer. Your jaw will also be examined for any signs of a problem with your jaw joint, also known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

Proper at-home oral hygiene practices are just as important in dental preventive care as regular professional cleanings and exams. It is important to brush both your teeth and gums twice daily and to floss once daily to prevent a buildup of bacteria and plaque. 

Preventive dental care involves a combination of regular dental exams and proper at-home oral care.

Candidates for Preventive Dental Care

Proper oral hygiene and preventive care is recommended for patients of all ages. Instilling good oral hygiene habits in children and teens can allow them to keep their teeth for most of their lives. Patients at a higher risk for conditions such as gum disease may require more frequent dental cleanings and exams to maintain their oral health.

Benefits of Preventive Dental Care

Preventive care is crucial to prevent both oral and overall health problems. TMJ disorders and other tooth problems can cause headaches, as well as neck, jaw, back, or shoulder pain. Gum disease can impact your overall health. Proper preventive care through cleanings, exams, and at-home care can result in a reduction of dental and overall healthcare costs.

At-home care, combined with regular cleanings, can prevent cavities, gum disease, and other serious conditions that could require expensive treatments in the future. Regular exams can lead to early detection of oral conditions. Conditions that go undiagnosed and untreated can advance and become more serious, which can require more expensive treatments and can negatively impact your overall health.

Oral cancer screening, a part of dental exams, is a crucial step in the diagnosis of this serious disease. Early detection can lead to successful treatment.

Schedule Your Appointment

Regular dental cleanings and exams are critical in maintaining your oral health and in preventing the development of serious oral and other health conditions. If it has been more than six months since your last cleaning and exam, contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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