By Dr. James Pechloff
February 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Maintaining a healthy, cavity-free smile is truly not as difficult as it may seem.preventative dentistry

Despite the fact that decay and gum disease seem to be all too commonplace, you’ll be happy to know that you do have the power to prevent these dental problems. In fact, it’s really pretty easy to protect your teeth and keep them healthy. Our Wauwatosa, WI, dentist, Dr. James Pechloff, believes that preventing an issue is much easier than trying to cure it, and we know you probably agree. Here is what preventive dentistry entails and why it’s important:

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is any kind of action or procedure that is designed to protect teeth and gums to avoid dental problems. Preventive dentistry includes:

  • Daily at-home brushing and flossing
  • Maintaining a healthy balanced diet and avoiding sugar and processed carbs
  • Dental sealants and fluoride for children and teens
  • Preventing injuries (e.g. wearing mouth guards during sports activities; wearing a night guard to prevent teeth grinding)
  • Dental sealants for children and teens
  • Routine professional cleanings and exams

Why is preventive dentistry necessary?

If you talk to our Wauwatosa dentist, he will surely tell you that many issues that patients come in with are largely due to poor hygiene. With a surprising percentage of people that don’t brush and floss regularly, it’s no wonder that decay and gum disease happen as often as they do. Plus, many people don’t feel like dealing with their dental health until a serious issue arises. Then time and a lot of money are wasted sitting in a dental chair trying to correct the problems that could have been avoided in the first place. Instead of just waiting until it’s necessary to get treatment, it’s important that you focus on always maintaining the very best oral health so that you don’t face issues later on.

If you need to schedule your next visit then it’s time you called our Wauwatosa, WI, dental office. You should be visiting us at least twice a year to get proper cleanings and care. These visits are a necessary part of sustaining healthy teeth and gums.