Start the Year Off Right With a Preventive Dental Exam

You’ve probably heard the old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is especially true when it comes to your smile and oral health. While the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) generally recommend that most adults go to the dentist approximately every six months to a year for preventive care, nearly half of all American adults over age 30 have some form of gum disease, according to the CDC

Preventive dental care is the best defense and one of the most powerful tools available against tooth decay and gum disease, which is still the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. But even if you haven’t been keeping up with your preventive dental visits, it’s never too late to start, and there’s no time like a new year to get a dental exam and address any problems before they have a chance to progress.

At Morning Dental, our dentists, Bao Nguyen, DDS, and Michael Florman, DDS, offer a range of dental services for your oral health care needs from two convenient locations in Santa Ana and Huntington Beach, California. 

The benefits of preventive dental care

Like most health problems, many dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease are progressive, meaning that they get worse over time and can be harder to treat and manage in later stages. 

For example, the first stage of gum disease (known as gingivitis) is reversible, so if you catch it in time our dentists can stop your gums from bleeding and manage swelling and inflammation before there’s any permanent damage. 

However, when gum disease progresses beyond gingivitis to late-stage gum disease (periodontitis), the damage becomes irreversible. This can include loss of supporting tissue and bone structures in the gums, gum recession, and eventually tooth loss. 

Other benefits of preventive dental care include:

If you have concerns about your smile or would like to make improvements like teeth whitening, your checkup appointment is a great time to discuss your options.

What to expect at your next appointment

Your teeth and gums are as unique as the rest of your body, and your oral health needs will vary according to a number of factors like your age, your medical and family history, and your lifestyle. You can expect a comprehensive dental exam and professional cleaning, followed by recommendations for your unique dental needs. 

Your preventive dental exam is also a great place to address any concerns and measure progress or any developments from your last appointments. Making an appointment at the beginning of the year is a great way to “set it and forget it” so that you don’t miss out or get hit with any surprises or dental emergencies later in the year.

A healthy, beautiful smile is one of the best investments and new year’s resolutions you can make. For more information about how preventive dentistry can improve your oral and overall health, call us today to schedule an appointment at one of our Orange County, California, offices, or you can request an appointment online.

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