There is an old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this is the guiding philosophy behind preventive dentistry. It is always better to deal with a problem in its infancy instead of the problem being a full-blown issue that costs patients thousands of dollars and time in the chair. At Holland River Dental in Bradford, a big part of our ethos is preventative dentistry. We always want our patients to be proactive and make sure that problems are taken care of when they are just small issues instead of big deals.
Preventive dentistry is an area of practice where the dental care focuses on oral hygiene and recognizing where problems may occur and taking the necessary measures to solve the problems before they become a major health and financial inconvenience for the patient. There are several ways this is accomplished. With diagnostic techniques, our dentists are able to help patients understand where there may be problems and what methods to employ at home to stop these problems before they start. Much of this comes down to basic oral hygiene. Preventative dentistry is focused on doing all the little things in a dentist office to recognize future hazards instead of present problems.
The ubiquitous preventive dentistry procedure is the exam and cleaning. This is where a dentist or hygienist can look at the teeth, plaque buildup, and a host of other issues and evaluate a patient’s prognosis. Often, this is where small signs of trouble are pinpointed, like initial stages of cavity development. One of the most important parts of these procedures is taking x-rays. X-rays help dentists and hygienists make assessments about the health of each individual tooth. Thanks to x-rays and a physical examination, it is easy to see what a problem down the road may be.
Preventive dentistry is the best way to avoid dental problems. Get set up with an exam and cleaning today by calling us at Holland River Dental in Bradford to set up an appointment.