What Is Preventive Dentistry?

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Preventive dentistry in Huntsville is one of the best ways to protect your dental health and overall well-being. When you take care of your oral health, you're also protecting yourself from non-dental conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure that science has linked with periodontal (gum) disease.

Preventive dental care also protects your wallet. When you're aware early on of problems like tooth decay or cavities, these concerns are much easier and less expensive to treat.

What Happens During a Preventive Dental Appointment?

When you visit King Dental for your bi-annual teeth cleaning and checkup, Dr. King will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth. He'll screen you for problems like gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer. All of these problems are best treated as early as possible.

During your teeth cleaning, our dental hygienist will remove any excess plaque buildup that you might've missed during your home care routine. Plaque and tartar buildup are contributors to gum disease and cavities. Your hygienist can also review proper brushing and flossing techniques with you so you can ensure you're making the most of your home care.

Preventive Dental Treatments

Being proactive about maintaining your dental health sometimes means you might need some treatment. For example, if tooth decay has caused a cavity, you can easily and affordably treat it with a dental filling. Tooth decay that's left undiagnosed or untreated often results in more significant, uncomfortable, and costly problems like a tooth infection.

Premature wear and tear on your teeth may indicate a problem with clenching and grinding your teeth (bruxism). This often occurs at night, during sleep, and it can be tricky to diagnose on your own. When detected at a preventive dental checkup, Dr. King may recommend a protective mouth guard you can wear at night to guard against the tooth wear and damage caused by bruxism.

Is It Time for Your Next Teeth Cleaning and Checkup?

Don't wait to call your dentist in Huntsville today at (256) 880-1884 if it's time for your next preventive dental appointment.

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