Ever noticed how most people shudder when they announce a dental appointment? Even if your dentist is hilarious, you don’t tend to classify this as a fun outing. Nevertheless, practicing preventative dentistry means you are actively taking care of your teeth, reducing your risks for gum disease, cavities and possibly averting more serious problems.
Protecting Your Health and Your Finances
Like car maintenance, scheduling routine six-month dental checkups may save you money, as well as your health over time. Besides ensuring your teeth are thoroughly cleaned, our Winnipeg dentists give you advice and demonstrate proper dental care. They also monitor and suggest treating problems early before these become major, more expensive procedures. (Fillings are less expensive than root canals.)
Your dentist may even uncover medical conditions before you experience any symptoms. Your mouth may not be the only site affected by an infection. Some bacteria can invade your blood stream and spread throughout your body. Your dentist will also screen for oral cancers. This is especially important if you smoke. (On an unpleasant, but not dangerous side note, smoke and red wine can also discolour your teeth. Your dentist can address this issue too.)
Remember to inform your dentist of pre-existing health issues and any medications you take, so that the treatment can be customized to your needs.
You can count on your Winnipeg dentist to examine your mouth and literally get to the root of any problems or refer you to a dental surgeon.
Guarding Your Teeth
For any number of reasons, people may wait until adulthood before dealing with bite problems or crooked teeth. As well, losing a permanent tooth can lead to other teeth shifting or falling into the space. If you or a family member plays contact sports consider asking your dentist in Winnipeg to make a custom-designed mouth guard. It will fit better and provide more protection than a regular guard. While it’s best to be proactive, it’s not too late to do something about any of these conditions after the fact. Your dentist can explain your options for braces or the benefits of bridges or dental implants.
Do Your Homework Too
While visiting your dentist is important, you need to take care of your teeth too. Reduce plaque build-up with daily flossing and brushing twice a day. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Protect your teeth. Limit sugary foods and drinks. Many gum and tooth diseases as well as tooth decay can be avoided if you regularly practice good dental care.