The Importance Of Preventive Care Visits
How a preventive care visit with your family dentist in Bethesda, MD, can save your smile
It’s important to protect your smile. If your smile is unhealthy, it can increase your risk of serious diseases like diabetes, heart disease, or having a stroke, according to the Mayo Clinic. An unhealthy smile also diminishes your appearance, and your ability to chew your food. Preventive care visits are an important part of protecting your smile.
Dr. John Kelly of Bethesda Row Dental in Bethesda, MD, offers a wide variety of family dentistry services, including preventive care visits, to save your smile.
Ideally, you should have a preventive care visit once every 6 to 12 months, and you should have x-rays at least once each year. You also should have your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 to 12 months.
During your preventive care visit, you will have:
- A complete dental examination, during which your dentist will look for signs of tooth decay, tooth wear, and damaged teeth.
- Any necessary x-rays, which will determine if you have tooth decay, a dental abscess, or bone loss due to periodontal disease.
- A check of the health of your gums and the underlying bone support of your teeth, to determine if you have gum disease or periodontal disease.
- A professional dental cleaning to remove the soft deposits (plaque) and hard deposits (tartar and stain) from your teeth.
Your dentist will develop a treatment plan based on the findings during your preventive care visit. Whether you need restorations such as fillings or crowns, or specialty care like root canal therapy, your family dentist will know what to do.
The treatment plan will also include how often you should have your teeth cleaned, depending on whether your gums are healthy, or whether you have periodontal disease. If you have periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend supportive periodontal therapy appointments every 3 to 4 months to manage the health of your smile.
In between preventive care visits, make sure you brush after eating and before bed, and floss your teeth at least once each day to keep your smile healthy.
To find out more about the importance of preventive care visits, and how they can save your smile, call Dr. John Kelly of Bethesda Row Dental in Bethesda, MD, at (301) 657-3220. Call today!