The Importance of Preventative Dental Care

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The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends adults brush at least twice a day, for two minutes with a soft-bristled brush. Brush with fluoride toothpaste, floss, and rinse with antiseptic mouthwash. The ADA also sets similar guidelines on oral care for children.

The regimen forms part of preventative dental care. Preventative care also involves regular dental checkups at least every six months. Our Scottsdale dentist at Sarko Dental Associates stresses the importance of routine mouth care to all patients.

What Is Preventative Dental Care?

Preventative oral care is two-fold. It involves daily oral care at home and routine dental visits. Paying close attention to your teeth and gums lets you spot problems your dentists can examine and treat early. In certain cases, they can refer you or your child to a specialist for additional care.

Preventative Care Services

Care to promote healthy teeth and gums is the main focus of general and family dentistry. Dentists perform the following primary services at regular checkups:

  • Oral exam and X-rays
  • Professional teeth cleanings
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Dental sealants
  • Oral cancer screening (annually)

Patients are also given guidance on proper brushing and flossing methods for healthy gums and teeth.

Benefits of Preventative Dental Care

At-home oral care alone cannot help maintain optimum oral health. Routine complimentary visits to your dentist in Scottsdale or another city of choice help provide an extra layer of defense. Here’s how:

Protects your oral health

Keeping your appointments every six months helps with preventing or treating common oral issues such as:

  • Gingivitis
  • Gum disease
  • Bad breath
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth loss
  • Oral cancer

Minimizes restorative care

Routine checkups help the dentist spot and treat oral problems early before they lead to severe infection, tooth loss, or other complications. More importantly, it reduces the need for extensive restorative care. These include tooth fillings, cavity treatment, gum disease treatment, root canals, extractions, dentures, implants, and new dental crowns.

Saves money on expensive treatment

Services to restore a tooth cost more and some insurance companies only cover a part of the expenses. Services such as gum disease treatment and root canals may fall outside the coverage window. While some plans may cover the cost of dentures, most won’t pay for dental implants to replace missing teeth. Therefore, routine preventative dental care can save you money and minimize oral discomfort.

Can prevent systemic diseases

Systemic diseases are health conditions that affect other parts of the body. Scientists notice a link between oral conditions, such as periodontal (gum) disease, and common health complaints. These include diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, obesity, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.  

Referral for specialized dental care

When required, dentists refer patients for evaluation and treatment by dental specialists. For example, a periodontist for gum disease treatment, an orthodontist for braces, or a cosmetic dentist for dental crowns in Scottsdale. In fact, Sarko Dental Associates can help patients looking for crown replacement treatment. Same-day crowns are also available.

How Much Does Preventative Dental Care Cost?

Most, if not all, insurance plans cover the cost of primary dental care services since these are vital for mouth and whole-body health. The main services are teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, and X-rays, but there are limits. For example, coverage is typically limited to two dental cleanings a year.

You may have to pay out-of-pocket for additional cleanings, dental crowns in Scottsdale, or other types of dental work that fall outside of coverage. These are key factors to consider when choosing a dental insurance plan. By keeping your routine dental appointments, you may avoid paying additional for specialized services.

Receiving Dental Care at Sarko Dental Associates

We are a general, family, and cosmetic dentistry serving Scottsdale, Arizona and neighboring locations. Preventive and restorative services available to the entire family include:

  • X-rays
  • Routine teeth cleaning

We also examine the mouth for signs of poor oral habits that can lead to tooth damage, e.g., teeth grinding and clenching. We may prescribe a device called a mouthguard to help prevent oral damage and a painful condition called TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.

We’ll Help Preserve Your Smile!

Come experience first-class dentistry services for yourself at our practice. Our experienced dental team puts your needs first and will personalize a treatment plan to meet them at every stage. Thanks to digital X-rays, 3D imaging, and other advanced technology, we can quickly and effectively provide the utmost patient satisfaction. Call 480-951-2782 to set up an appointment or request one online. Emergency dental service is also available. Connect with us today!

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