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Keeping your smile free from dental problems with preventative dentistry can save you time and money down the road. Having restorative dentistry treatments can cost you thousands of dollars and time. Keeping teeth and gums healthy now can save your smile and your resources later.

To do this, you will want to practice ongoing daily maintenance to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Taking time to brush and floss every day, while maintaining a balanced diet will provide the care your teeth and gums need and important vitamins and minerals.

Not only that, but the American Dental Association (ADA) advises visiting your dental team twice a year for dental cleanings and managing oral issues. Routine dental checkups help us spot problems early and take care of them before they progress.

During your checkup, we will evaluate your gum health, look for signs of tooth decay, examine your head, neck, and mouth for abnormalities, as well as signs of diabetes, oral cancer, and TMJ. We will clean your teeth and polish your teeth and eliminate tartar around the gumline.

Ongoing dental care will help prevent cavities, enamel erosion, gingivitis, and periodontitis. By taking steps to prevent these dental issues, you can also lessen your risk of secondary problems associated with poor oral health, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, premature birth, and low birth weight babies.

In children, dental decay can impact their growth and development, and in children as well as adults, oral diseases can interfere with chewing, speaking, daily activities and self-esteem.

Most dental plans support and promote preventative care by paying all or most costs associated with routine dental exams and cleanings. As you can see, by practicing preventative dentistry now you can save both time and money later. With proper preventative dentistry, you are on the road to keeping your natural teeth for a lifetime of smiles.

To learn more about preventative dental care, feel free to reach out to us at 651.488.5522 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentistss, Dr. Joseph Opack, Drs. David Opack, and Dr. Peter Stanton. Our St. Paul Family Dentistry team in St. Paul, Minnesota looks forward to helping you maintain a healthy, confident smile!