Preventive Dentistry Q&A: How Does It Help?

Do you really have a solid grasp on the ins and outs of preventive dentistry? Can you quickly rattle off the ways it protects your smile and why we feel so strongly about you keeping up with this part of your care? To make sure you realize that you can rely on prevention to help you avoid a long list of problems, we present you with some questions (and answers) that frequently pass through our practice. For remaining inquiries, remember: Just ask!

Questions and Answers

Question: How does preventive dentistry help my smile? Does it just keep it clean?

Answer: One reason for prevention is most certainly to keep your smile clean, so you can avoid hygiene-related problems associated with plaque and tartar (such as gingivitis, decay, and other issues). Prevention also helps you avoid issues with the way your smile works, such as bruxism disorder and TMJ disorder.

Question: Why are treatments for TMJ disorder and snoring considered part of preventive dentistry if I’m already experiencing the issue?

Answer: When we’re talking about functional issues that appear, we discuss treatments as being preventive because they can help the problem stop while they prevent associated damage from occurring.

Question: What are the main things I should be doing to ensure I’m practicing the best prevention possible for my oral health?

Answer: A quick summary of what you should be doing to ensure your preventive dentistry approach is on point: Remember to brush your smile twice daily, remember to floss it once daily, and always keep up with your dental checkups and cleanings by scheduling them and coming in every six months.

Avoid Smile Problems By Choosing Preventive Care

Stick with preventive dentistry and you can avoid a wide variety of problems with your oral health. We invite you to schedule an appointment with your Katy, TX dentist at Lathrop Dental Center by calling 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.