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Why Preventive Dental Care Is Important

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Importance of preventive dentistryMany dental issues can be avoided with preventive dental care, which includes good oral health habits like regular brushing and flossing, eating a tooth-friendly diet and visiting a dentist every six months. Preventive dental care has several benefits. The trusted dental team at Atlanta Smiles & Wellness discusses some of those benefits in this blog post.

Treat Dental Issues in Their Early Stages

The two major causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. Actively caring for your teeth (i.e., brushing and flossing properly and visiting your dentist regularly) can both prevent decay from occurring and allow your dentist to treat gum disease in its early stages. The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis, which often times occurs without any noticeable signs, meaning you may have the condition and not even know it. Dental screenings and cleanings with your dentist can detect and treat gum disease before it leads to serious damage, including tooth loss.

Avoid Costly Dental Treatments

Not only are dental issues easier to treat in their early stages, they generally cost less. For instance, compare the cost of a tooth filling to that of a lengthy restorative treatment like dental implants. Dental implants also cost much more than routine dental exams and cleanings, which play a vital role in preventing a slew of dental problems in the first place.

Healthier Teeth = Healthier You

Not only is preventive dentistry important to your oral health, it also boosts your overall health. Research shows gum disease is linked to serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and pancreatic cancer. Several studies have also found that pregnant women with gum disease have a higher risk of premature birth. In addition to evaluating the health of your teeth and gums, regular dental visits also provide an opportunity for your dentist to screen for health problems like infections and oral cancer. An early diagnosis greatly improves your chances of a good prognosis.

Preventive Dental Care at Atlanta Smiles & Wellness

As our name suggests, Atlanta Smiles & Wellness is focused on helping you maintain a healthy smile and overall good health. Our goal is to provide comprehensive dental care, including preventive dentistry to help patients avoid dental issues and other unwanted health conditions. We offer the following preventive services:

  • Deep cleanings
  • Dental exams and dental X-rays
  • Dental sealants
  • At-home oral hygiene instruction
  • Mouth guards
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Oral cancer screening

To learn more about our dental services, please schedule an appointment by calling (404) 262-7733 today.