Why is Preventive Dental Care Important?

By Dr. Steven L. Rattner DDS & Associates
November 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Have you ever wondered why you should visit your dentist every six months?preventative dentistry

Did your parents drag you to the dentist when you were growing up? Do you not go to the dentist as regularly as you should now that you are an adult? There is a reason you should visit our Gaithersburg, MD, dentists Dr. Steven Rattner and Dr. Maryam Roosta every six months; however, do you know why these visits are so important?

Visiting a dentist twice a year is an essential preventive measure to keep teeth and gums healthy and problem-free. Even though this doesn’t negate daily brushing and flossing habits (or your diet), coming in for cleanings and exams every six months is important for people of all ages.

Preventive dentistry is important because it focuses on providing the care your smile needs to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. Our Gaithersburg, MD, general dentists want to protect your smile from issues rather than just treating the problem once it happens. By coming in every six months for cleaning, exams and even x-rays, we can preserve your oral health.

What happens during a routine dental exam?

While we know that most people who’ve been to the dentist understand what happens during these six-month visits they may not realize all that goes into it. We have the tools necessary to remove tartar from your teeth, which your at-home toothbrush won’t be able to remove. By removing tartar buildup we can prevent gum disease from affecting the health of your gums.

Furthermore, once a year we will also run a series of x-rays. These x-rays will not only tell us about the health of your jawbone but will also detect decay, infections and other issues that we may not be able to see with the naked eye. X-rays can also tell us how teeth are erupting and whether wisdom teeth need to be removed.

Along with your cleaning, we will also perform a thorough but fast exam to look for sores, growths or other signs of oral cancer. This screening is painless and is the best way to detect oral cancer early on when it’s much easier to treat.

As you can see, these routine visits are important for not just your oral health but also your general health. If it’s time you got a professional dental cleaning, turn to Grove Dental Arts in Gaithersburg, MD to schedule your next appointment with us. We will work with your busy schedule to get you on the books!