Benjamin Franklin famously stated, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” At Blunn Creek Family Dentistry, we think that wisdom applies when it comes to protecting your oral health. We offer a wide array of preventive care services. These can safeguard the oral health of every member of your family no matter their age.
Our preventive care program includes these treatments and procedures:
- Dental cleanings
- Oral examinations
- Digital X-rays
- Mouth-guards for bruxism
- Sports guards
Why does preventive care matter?
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), more than 1.65 million visits to the emergency room occur every year as a result of dental problems! Many of these emergencies are often preventable. Preventive care may seem like an unnecessary expense, but these procedures can save you time and money in the long run. Preventative care may prevent a serious oral health issue, or provide early diagnosis. In either case, you avoid needing a more intensive and expensive treatment later because you took action now.
The importance of regular dental care
The ADA advises that everyone see his or her dentist twice per year to receive a professional cleaning and a comprehensive oral examination. Some patients may require more frequent visits to maintain good oral health. When you visit your Austin dentist for your dental examination and cleaning, one of our dental hygienists will remove all the tartar and plaque from your teeth and gum line. Then, your teeth will be polished and flossed. Finally, the dentist conducts a thorough evaluation of your mouth and teeth. Most patients find dental cleanings to be pain-free.
Ignoring these visits could lead to oral health concerns including:
- Loose teeth or tooth loss
- Dental emergencies
- Severe tooth decay
- Abscessed tooth
- Periodontitis (gum disease)
Plus, there is overall health consequences associated with poor oral health. Many studies have linked these chronic diseases to a buildup of oral plaque, which can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. Skip your dental cleanings, and you could put your health on the line!
Health consequences associated with poor oral health include:
- Cognitive decline
- Low birth weight
- Premature birth
- Heart disease
Benefits of dental checkups and cleanings
A professional cleaning is more thorough than brushing and flossing your teeth at home and is the only way to remove all plaque and tartar completely. Regular oral examinations help provide a record of your oral health history, making it easy to identify any sudden changes or developing problems. Monitoring your oral health is part of preventing extensive repairs later on.
Oral Care in Austin
Remember that no preventive care procedure, even a professional cleaning, is a substitute for at-home oral hygiene. Continue to brush your teeth twice per day and floss them daily. For more information about our preventive care services, contact our office by calling 512-442-6728 to schedule a consultation.
Blunn Creek Family Dentistry offers cosmetic dentistry procedures and preventive services to patients in Austin, TX.