When you think about it, your teeth are a marvelous part of your body. They chew your food, aid in the formation of words and help you speak clearly. If properly cared for, they can last many years. Helping patients take care of their teeth is our mission at Magnolia Dental Care, and we have some tips to help you save time, money, and your teeth.
An Ounce of Prevention — Is Better Than a Pound of Cure
Never was an adage more appropriate than when it comes to care of our teeth and gums. We know that bacteria cause tooth decay through the buildup of plaque that eats through the enamel. We also know that removing the bacteria and plaque can greatly reduce the incidence of cavities and gum disease. If you will commit to regular brushing and flossing, and eating a healthy, balanced diet, you can improve the odds of your teeth remaining healthy and intact for many, many years.
What Is Preventative Dentistry?
While you employ the methods listed above to create the best environment for your teeth and gums, you can also rely on us to assist you by practicing preventive dentistry to ward off damage to your teeth. Here are a few procedures we provide that will help you achieve this goal:
Dental Examinations and Cleaning (Prophylaxis)
A visit to us twice yearly allows us to detect problems before they cause harm. Following up with appropriate treatment to correct any problems found at your examinations stops those problems in their tracks. And regular cleaning of your teeth removes any plaque and tartar buildup before it becomes a larger issue.
Some patients benefit from a boost in prevention provided by fluoride treatments. Fluoride can add a layer of protection that brushing and flossing cannot.
Prevention of Gum Disease
If plaque and tartar have managed to get a foothold beneath your gums, we can identify the problem and remove it, restoring your gums to health.
When cavities are identified early, we can remove the decay and place fillings that will protect the remaining tooth structure from further decay. Each style of filling will be specific to your particular needs.
How Do You Save Time, Money, and Your Teeth?
It’s no secret that taking care of your teeth can help you to avoid many of the problems that are caused by poor oral hygiene so you will not need to spend your time and money having these things repaired. At the same time, you will actually be adding years to the life of your teeth and gums.
Let Us Help
No matter where you are in your oral health journey, we are here to help you to achieve the best outcome possible. We can guide you and discuss preventive measures particular to your unique situation. Contact our office today to schedule an examination. We serve Seattle, Washington, and the surrounding area. We look forward to welcoming you into our dental family.