Preventative Dentistry

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Preventive dentistry plays an essential role in maintaining top-notch oral health and promoting healthy smiles throughout life. Pariana Tung, DDS, MSc, PhD, emphasizes the importance of prevention when it comes to avoiding disease and invasive treatments at Signature Smiles Dentistry in Falls Church, Virginia. Call today or use the online tool to book an appointment to schedule your visit.

Preventative Dentistry QA

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry encompasses a range of dental practices and habits to avoid oral health problems before they develop. It involves regular dental checkups, cleanings, and education on proper oral hygiene techniques.

By practicing preventive dentistry, patients can:

  • Maintain healthy teeth and gums
  • Prevent cavities and tooth loss from decay
  • Avoid gum (periodontal) disease

Preventive dentistry ultimately leads to reduced dental visits and associated costs.

What are some key preventive dentistry practices?

Preventive dentistry involves proactive care that helps you avoid oral health problems. Key aspects of preventive dentistry include:

Regular dental checkups

Regular visits to the dentist allow for early detection of potential dental problems, enabling timely treatment. You get routine X-rays at these checkups that help Dr. Tung identify underlying problems.

Professional cleanings

Dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup, preventing gum disease and tooth decay. Even if you diligently brush and floss at home, there’s plaque you can’t reach alone.

Oral hygiene practices

Brushing twice daily, flossing, and using mouthwash help maintain clean teeth and gums.

Dietary choices

Minimizing sugary and acidic foods can prevent enamel erosion and cavities.

Fluoride treatments and sealants

Fluoride treatments strengthen tooth enamel. Sealants are made from natural resins or glass. They’re painted onto the teeth to provide a protective barrier against decay.

How does preventive dentistry contribute to overall well-being?

Preventive dentistry is closely linked to overall health and well-being. Poor oral health has been tied to systemic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory problems.

By taking proactive steps to maintain oral health, you can potentially reduce the risk of these health issues and enjoy a better quality of life.

How can I benefit from preventive dentistry?

Regardless of your age, you can benefit from preventive dentistry. 

Instilling good oral hygiene habits from a young age helps children maintain healthy teeth throughout their lives. For adults and seniors, preventive dentistry aids in preserving natural teeth and supporting their overall health, as dental problems can affect systemic health.

Set up your preventive dentistry appointment at Signature Smiles Dentistry today. Call or use this website to book an appointment online.