Hygiene and Prevention
You’ve no doubt heard people say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In dentistry, you might say it’s worth two pounds — or maybe even thousands of dollars. That’s because dental problems can become vastly more expensive — and painful — the longer they go untreated. Fortunately, modern dentistry has many easy and relatively inexpensive ways to make sure that today’s minor annoyance does not turn into tomorrow’s major headache.
Preventive dentistry includes all the procedures and technology used to arrest tooth decay and other oral problems in their earliest stages — everything from professional teeth cleanings to oral cancer screenings. The goal is to keep you as healthy as possible, and to maintain your natural teeth for life. Of course, preventive dentistry procedures can only be effective if you go in to the dental office regularly to take advantage of them!
But prevention doesn’t just happen in the dental office; the importance of maintaining a good oral hygiene routine at home can’t be overstated. Daily brushing and flossing will go a long way toward removing plaque bacteria — the culprit responsible for tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and the need for more complex dental treatment.
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