Did you know that the state of your oral health is connected to your general health? Neglecting your teeth and gums can not only cause dental caries and gum disease, but it can negatively affect your everyday life. For instance, without a full set of healthy teeth, everyday functions like eating and speaking become more difficult. To help protect against oral health conditions and the impact they have on your wellbeing, our dentists offer preventive treatments and services to safeguard your smile.
What is preventive dentistry?
Focusing on early detection and prevention, preventive dentistry involves patients committing to visiting our practice for regular examinations and cleanings along with providing other services like fluoride treatments and dental sealants that protect against tooth decay. Not only can conditions like gum disease and decay be prevented with regular oral healthcare, patients increase their likelihood for early detection, which can save time, money, and one’s health.
Why are cleanings and checkups so important?
Although we may practice proper oral hygiene with daily flossing and thorough brushing, small amounts of debris are left behind. Debris and bacterial colonization result in the accumulation of plaque, a substance that turns into tartar when exposed to calculus. Professional cleanings provide a deep clean that patients simply cannot achieve with only brushing and flossing. Using handheld tools, our hygienists remove tartar and plaque that have accumulated between the hard to reach crevices of teeth and along the gum line. Receiving regular cleanings controls the buildup of tartar thus reducing a patient’s risk for gum disease and tooth loss.
Annual checkups are also important. During checkups, our team will assess the health of the entire mouth including structures below the surface of teeth and gums with diagnostic tools. Our dentists will look for signs of periodontal disease, enamel loss, decay, and oral cancer. If preventive measures or restorations are necessary, our team will develop a plan for meeting each patient’s needs.
To schedule an appointment, contact the office of Drs. Coakley & Trainor at 781-935-8810 today.