Taking good care of your teeth and gums will directly improve your overall health. Several health conditions are linked to poor oral health. For example, gum disease is connected to diabetes and heart disease. Preventive dentistry seeks to maintain healthy teeth and gums through regular dental care at home and in the dentist’s chair.
Our dentists, Dr. Ashwini Bhave and Dr. Jenny Hong, can ensure your teeth and surrounding tissues are well-cared for during your dental exams and cleanings. Preventive dentistry for you and your family may include fluoride treatments, dental sealants and regular dental exams and cleanings to identify problems early on, such as TMJ disorders and tooth decay. Improving these issues can even address chronic bad breath.
Poor oral health is linked to osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease and respiratory disease. Pregnant women with gum disease and other tooth and mouth concerns may be at risk for premature birth and low birth weight. You improve your overall well-being by taking a proactive approach to your oral health through at-home care and regular visits to Bay Area Dental Specialists. Preventive dentistry provides long-term benefits for your mouth and body.
Good Habits at Home for a Healthy Mouth
You know it’s essential to brush twice a day and floss, and these daily habits can save you time, money and pain by reducing your chances of serious dental issues such as cavities, gum disease and missing teeth. Good oral hygiene habits at home (including brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash) can help you avoid extensive and expensive dental treatments such as fillings, crowns and dental implants.
On top of daily dental hygiene, you can preserve your smile by wearing a custom mouthguard during sports to prevent mouth injuries or when you sleep if you are prone to teeth clenching and grinding. If you tend to chew on ice or pen caps, stop these habits to avoid tooth chips and other damage.
The Benefits of Regular Dental Exams and Cleanings
These appointments are vital in preventing dental problems. Our dentists can identify tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer in the early stages when they’re most treatable. Dental cleanings get rid of the bacteria and plaque buildup that doesn’t come off with regular brushing and flossing. People who practice good daily dental hygiene typically experience gentler cleanings and treatments during their exams because the teeth and gums are in better shape. A healthy mouth is less likely to need fillings, root canals and other treatments, and therefore saves you time and money at the dentist.
Schedule Your Dental Exam at Bay Area Dental Specialists
If it’s time for a dental exam and cleaning, schedule your appointment with our experienced dentists in San Jose. Contact Bay Area Dental Specialists today.