Avoid Serious Diseases & Save Money with Preventive Dentistry
We provide preventive dentistry treatments at Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates in Wilmington, DE, to help patients achieve optimum oral health. Drs. Jeffrey J. Emmi, Laura Dougherty, and Jeffrey Bartoshesky recommend dental cleanings, exams, regular follow-ups, and at-home care to avoid diseases and maintain your healthy smile. Preventive care can help you avoid serious and complex dental conditions, thus saving money on expensive treatments. Dental exams also detect oral cancer in its early stages, facilitating its timely treatment.
What Does Preventive Dentistry Entail?
Preventive dentistry comprises regular dental cleanings and exams, as well as proper at-home oral health care. Patients with higher risks may require more frequent cleanings and exams to maintain oral health.
Hygienic Dental Cleanings
Dental cleanings should be completed by a skilled dental hygienist every six months to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from places that cannot be reached through regular brushing and flossing. Regular cleanings can prevent cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and more.
Regular preventive dentistry, including cleanings, exams, and proper at-home care, can reduce overall healthcare costs.
Patients should have a regular dental exam, typically in conjunction with a cleaning, every six months. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums for early signs of tooth decay or gum disease. Your dentist will advise when to begin undergoing regular oral cancer screenings. Your head, neck, and jaw are also examined for signs of temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder, which can lead to other problems.
Proper At-home Oral Hygiene
Practicing proper oral hygiene at home by brushing twice a day and flossing daily can prevent a majority of conditions such as cavities and gum disease. It is also important to maintain a healthy diet, and avoid sugary food products and tobacco, as these can cause tooth decay.
Candidates for Preventive Dentistry
We recommend preventive dentistry for patients of all ages. At Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates, we treat patients as young as two years old to seniors, providing dental care for the entire family. Beginning preventive care in young children can lead to a lifetime of oral health, free from serious and painful conditions and problems later in life.
Benefits of Preventive Dentistry
Regular practice of preventive dentistry through cleanings, exams, and proper at-home care can reduce overall healthcare costs. Proper at-home care and regular cleanings can prevent the development of serious conditions that would require expensive treatments or procedures. Regular dental exams can lead to the early diagnosis and treatment of conditions that, if overlooked or left untreated, could lead to costly treatments and procedures. Proper oral health care can prevent other health problems as well, including headaches, neck pain, and jaw pain.
Schedule Your Checkup
Practicing preventive dentistry means most patients only need to see his or her dentist twice a year for exams and cleanings, therefore avoiding costly, time-consuming, and painful procedures. Regular dental cleanings and exams can prevent the development of serious conditions and are crucial to your oral and overall health. Contact us to schedule your next dental cleaning and exam.