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By Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D.
September 15, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

Seeing a dentist regularly for preventive care is one of the most important ways you can safeguard the health of your teeth and gums. A primary goal of preventive care is to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues by maintaining better oral health. Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon, your experienced dentists in Putnam, CT, also serving the Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, and Thompson, CT, areas offer preventive dentistry services to help you enjoy a healthier mouth.

Dental Checkups

Dental checkups are one of the most effective ways to promote better oral health and prevent issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. Preventing oral health problems means you’ll never have to deal with them. Most patients benefit from scheduling a dental checkup once every six months. Checkups include an oral exam performed by the dentist and thorough teeth cleaning. The dentist might also recommend certain preventive care services, such as dental sealants or fluoride treatments.

During the oral exam portion of your checkup, Your Putnam, CT, dentists will look for signs of oral health issues, such as cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer. Seeing the dentist regularly helps with the detection of new oral health issues that may have developed since your last visit. Identifying problems early on allows them to be treated promptly before they progress and lead to other issues or become more complicated to treat.

Another aspect of dental checkups is professional cleaning. Even the most thorough at-home oral hygiene routine can fail to clear away trapped bacteria that can cause infection and decay. Additionally, brushing and flossing cannot remove tartar buildup, which occurs when lingering plaque hardens on the teeth. Tartar buildup bonds to tooth enamel and can only be removed by a dental professional during an in-office cleaning. Regular professional cleanings help prevent serious oral health problems.

Developing Healthy Habits

Preventive care is not limited to dental visits. There are many things you can do on your own to maintain better oral health and prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues. Some healthy habits you can develop to enjoy better oral health include:

  • Brush teeth twice a day
  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride
  • Floss between teeth daily
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks
  • Avoid smoking or tobacco products

The importance of preventive care for maintaining a healthy mouth cannot be understated. Preventing oral health issues can help you avoid complicated and costly treatments down the road. Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon can help you enjoy better oral health through preventive care visits. To schedule an appointment with the dentists at our Putnam, CT, office, also serving the Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, and Thompson, CT, areas, call (860) 928-6533.