The Importance of Preventive Care
By Sirisha Pulapaka, DDS
December 17, 2019
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

Find out how preventive dental care can actually save you time and money.

Your oral health is only as good as how you treat it. How often do you brush your teeth every day? Do you floss daily without fail? When doctorswas the last time you saw your Milwaukee, WI, dentist, Dr. Paul Scholl, for a cleaning? These are all important questions to ask yourself so that you can make the changes necessary before problems occur.
 

What is preventive care?

Preventive care is any service that your Milwaukee, WI, dentist offers to protect your teeth and gums from decay and disease. These measures include,

Prophylactic care: Every six months you should be coming in to get a comprehensive dental exam and cleaning. These checkups are crucial to maintaining good oral health and to catch problems early on when they are treatable. During these cleanings, our hygienist can remove plaque and tartar buildup from between teeth and around the gum line, which you might have missed when brushing. Your regular toothbrush won’t be able to remove tartar.

Fluoride: Another way to protect your child and teen’s teeth from decay is through regular fluoride treatment, which can be performed during your child’s next six-month checkup. Fluoride treatment helps strengthen and mineralize tooth enamel. While fluoride can be found in most toothpastes, if you or your child isn’t getting enough fluoride talk with your dentist about getting regular fluoride treatment to reduce the risk for cavities.

Oral Cancer Screenings: When you come in for your routine checkup our hygienist or dentist will also examine your mouth to look for early warning signs of oral cancer such lumps, growths, lesions or any other suspicious changes to soft tissue. This simple, quick screening is your best chance for detecting oral cancer early on before it spreads. With the increase in HPV cases, there are more young people presenting with oral cancer; therefore, these screenings are crucial for patients of all ages.

Art of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI, wants to make sure that you get the proper care you and your family deserve for healthy, beautiful smiles. If it’s been more than six months since your last dental cleaning call our office today to schedule your next appointment.

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