By Jennifer Selph

General Dentistry in Kinston, NCWhat is Preventive Care?

Preventative Dentistry is the general term for dental care-related procedures or treatment that are meant to prevent oral health problems from rearing their ugly heads. During your routine dental visits, your dental hygienist will conduct  preventative treatments such as cleanings and fluoride treatments to remove plaque and tartar and protect teeth against decay. The dentist will then perform an exam to make sure that there are no signs of cavities, gingivitis, or gum disease.

Importance of Preventative Care

Preventative care helps you maintain a healthy mouth, have fewer dental visits, and save money and time.

Maintain a healthy mouth:  Alongside brushing and flossing, preventative care will help you keep your oral health on track. Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are often enough to keep you from developing any problems.

Fewer dental visits:  As long as there are no signs of gingivitis or cavities, or we catch these problems early enough, you won’t have to see us more than two times a year. If we do find early signs of decay or disease, we can come up with a plan to reverse them through changes to you oral care routine, diet, toothpaste and without further treatment.

Save money and time:  Once gum disease and tooth decay have progressed past the early stages and cause damage, treating them can be expensive and can require extra visits to the dentist. In some cases, you may even have to come in more frequently for cleaning and exams so we can keep an eye on the progress of these issues.

Your Oral Health

Skipping dental visits can be detrimental to the health of your teeth and gums. Twice yearly dental visits are worth the time it takes to prevent you from developing serious dental health problems. If you are in the Kinston, NC area and would like to schedule your preventative dental care appointment, please contact Carlyle Dental at (252)301-3730 or for more information.