The importance of preventative dentistry and proactive oral health care habits
- Posted on: Feb 15 2019
Many patients in the communities of Windsor, Warrensburg, and Oak Grove, MO who are interested in maintaining their oral health and wellness will want to take the time to learn about the importance of preventative dentistry.
Why is preventative dentistry so important?
At Ridgeview Family Dental, Dr. R. McKell Young and his staff work with patients to help them achieve better oral health. It is essential that patients know how to care for their smile in between dental visits. The American Dental Association recommends that patients visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning and examination. The purpose of this is to monitor one’s oral health and to look for the early signs of problems such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. Both of these conditions can cause negative, lasting effects on one’s smile, including the loss of gum tissue, bone, and natural teeth.
So many patients are afraid of visiting the dentist because of dental anxiety. Some patients don’t visit regularly because they are unable to afford the visit. However, studies have shown time and time again that by being proactive in one’s dental health, patients can avoid even costlier procedures down the road, making routine visits more affordable than “reactive” visits. When patients only come to the dentist when there’s a problem, oftentimes the problem is more severe and more difficult to treat. Had the condition been caught earlier during a routine visit, patients would overall spend less on their dental services.
What preventative treatments are available?
At our practice, preventative treatments include routine visits to the dentist for an evaluation and cleaning, as well as simple services such as fillings for tooth decay. Periodontal disease treatments, such as scaling and root planing, should also be completed as necessary.
Call Ridgeview Family Dental today!
Dr. R. McKell Young and his team of professionals provide preventative dentistry solutions to patients in and around the areas of Windsor, Warrensburg, and Oak Grove, MO, encouraging individuals to take good care of their smile so it can last! Contact his main office number at (660)747-9117 today to book your appointment with our staff!
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