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  • Writer's pictureAndrew Day

3 Benefits of Preventive Dentistry

Medical professionals increasingly recommend preventive care, from annual checkups to

regularly scheduled cancer screenings. This helps you avoid serious health complications and enjoy the healthiest life possible. And you can apply this kind of proactive thinking to your oral health, too.

With preventive dentistry, Andrew Day, DDS, and our team at Modern Day Dental can help you protect a healthy smile — and avoid a number of unwelcome issues — all from the convenience of our office in Santa Clara, California. Our preventive dentistry approach blends regular in-office care with support for your at-home oral health routine.

Is it really worth putting extra work into your mouth when you don’t have any problems there? Here are three reasons why the answer is yes:

Lower risk of oral health issues

When you visit us on a regular basis (usually twice yearly) for preventive dentistry, our team can keep your teeth clean. Your visits allow us to remove tartar, a hardened form of plaque that you can’t get rid of at home by brushing or flossing. This reduces your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, helping you slash the chance that you’ll have to deal with oral health problems.

Easier treatment when issues do arise

While regular checkups go a long way toward preventing oral health problems (hence the name preventive dentistry), issues can still crop up. The good news is that when you’re visiting us on a regular basis, Dr. Day has the opportunity to examine your teeth, gums, jaw, and neck. That way, he can spot any potential problems in their early phases.

At that point, oral health issues are usually much easier (cheaper and less invasive) to treat. For example, when tooth decay is caught early, a simple filling is usually enough to remedy the issue. If the decay has the time to develop, though, you could need a root canal. All told, addressing problems shortly after they arise helps you correct them in the easiest, least painful, and most affordable way possible.

Improved overall health

You might think of visiting Dr. Day as a way to keep your mouth healthy — and that’s true, but the benefits don’t stop there. Oral health links directly to your overall health.

Without preventive dentistry, harmful bacteria can spread from your mouth to other parts of your body, causing conditions including:

  • Pneumonia

  • Endocarditis

  • Heart disease

  • Stroke

  • Clogged arteries

Your visit to our office can be just as important as your annual checkup with your doctor.

Dr. Day and our team offer preventive dentistry to help you enjoy greater oral health and greater overall health. If you’re ready to get started with this dedicated care, call our office today.

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