Preventive

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Being preventive is a great idea, especially when it comes to dental health. Preventive dentistry includes anything that aims to preserve the health of the teeth and gums. It differs from other dental procedures because they are usually fixing problems that already exist. Preventive dentistry works to stop those problems from every starting in the first place.

At the dental office, preventive dentistry includes procedures like your professional teeth cleanings with a registered dental hygienist and applications of fluoride to the teeth. It can also include dental sealants placed on the teeth to prevent cavities from developing in the deep grooves and pits of the chewing surfaces.  Mouthguards that protect your teeth from heavy clenching and/or grinding during sleep are also preventive in nature.

Taking preventive measures not only preserves your teeth for a long, healthy life. It also saves you time and money. Preventive dentistry is always less expensive than dental procedures required to repair dental disease.  

Being preventive with your dental health means seeing your dentist consistently for evaluations, x-rays, and cleanings.  During these visits, your dentist can identify any warning signs of dental problems and prescribe preventive measures to stop them.  

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