At Oak Ridge Dental Arts, we provide comprehensive dental care for your entire family, including children, to help achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles. Often referred to as "general" or "preventive" dentistry, family dentistry is the term given to the field of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, disorders and diseases affecting the teeth, gums and the maxillofacial (associated with the jaw and face) region of the body.
As long as your teeth look normal and you aren't experiencing pain, you might not give your teeth a second thought. However, thorough dental care is about more than simply solving problems as they occur. If you are interested in taking a more proactive approach, focus on preventive dentistry in addition to traditional restorative dentistry.
Routine hygiene visits are an essential part of Preventive Dentistry. The American Dental Association recommends routine six-month hygiene visits to maintain the optimal dental health you deserve. Not only will you receive a teeth cleaning at these routine visits, your dentist will also perform a comprehensive oral examination. During the oral examination, your dentist will check for signs of more serious problems, such as tooth decay, gum swelling and redness, signs of periodontal disease or oral cancer, and any bite or alignment issues. Based on your exam, your dentist will discuss any necessary treatment recommendations or other helpful tips to prevent dental issues and achieve the healthy smile you deserve.
Here are a few huge benefits you might enjoy if you make preventive dentistry a priority:
Prevent Pain and Discomfort: If you have ever had a cavity, then you might be familiar with that obvious sting. Whenever you eat anything, your tooth might throb—making it hard to function normally. However, if you focus on avoiding cavities altogether, you might be able to stay comfortable.
Save Money: If tooth decay is allowed to spread through your mouth, it can cause expensive repairs. However, if you tackle those cavities, tooth fractures, and exposed roots early, you might be able to save money in the long run.
Keep Your Teeth Looking Lovely: Nobody wants a dingy, dilapidated smile, which is why proper oral care is so important. In addition to filling cavities and checking your overall oral health, your dentist can also help you to keep your teeth pretty by whitening surfaces and repairing cosmetic defects.
If you haven't been to the dentist in the past six months, now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with us. Contact the Oak Ridge Dental Arts location nearest you and schedule your family’s dental checkup appointments today.