As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When it comes to dental health, this saying couldn’t be more accurate.
While everyone’s oral health journey is different, there’s nothing more important than doing your best to prevent dental problems before they occur. Our team at Steve A. Sato, DDS strives to provide exceptional preventive dentistry tailored to each of our patient’s unique needs.
What Is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is a branch of dental care that focuses on preventing oral health problems like infection, disease, decay, and damage before they occur.
Preventive dentistry promotes healthy teeth and gums and general good health with wellness care and prophylactic dental treatments.
The Importance of Preventive Dentistry
Like visiting your doctor for an annual wellness exam when you aren’t feeling sick, preventive dentistry promotes good health with regular dental examinations, cleanings, and preventive treatments designed to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Avoid Oral Health Problems
Preventive dentistry employs treatments designed to fortify your teeth with strengthening treatments like fluoride and sealants. These treatments protect your teeth and gums from decay, periodontal disease, and other oral health concerns that can arise as a result of poor oral hygiene.
Early Detection of Problems and More Effective Treatments
No matter how well you care for your teeth and gums, some problems simply can’t be avoided. However, with regular, preventive dental exams and cleanings, our dentist can detect problems as they arise.
When oral health problems are diagnosed and treated early, treatment typically is simpler, less invasive, and much more effective.
A More Cost-Effective Dental Care Strategy
The cost of preventing dental problems or treating less advanced dental problems is almost always less expensive compared to treating more advanced problems.
Preventive dental care not only saves you money in the long run, but it also saves you the pain and discomfort of dealing with serious oral health issues.
Preventive Dentistry Services at Steve A. Sato, DDS
Our team is pleased to provide our patients with a comprehensive list of preventive dentistry services including:
- Dental cleanings and examinations
- Dental fillings
- Tooth extractions
- Fluoride treatments
- Periodontal disease treatment
- Scaling and root planing
- Oral cancer screening
Additionally, we focus on patient education during each dental appointment to encourage the practice of proper dental care and good oral hygiene habits at home in between your professional dental exams.
When To Schedule a Preventive Dentistry Appointment
We recommend that healthy patients visit our dentist at least twice a year for regular dental cleaning and examination.
Patients with ongoing oral health concerns, such as periodontal disease, might need to schedule more frequent appointments for maintenance and treatment.
All Patients Benefit From Preventive Dentistry
Some people believe that preventive dentistry treatments like dental exams, cleanings, fluoride applications, and sealants are just for children, but this is a common misconception. Preventive dental care is recommended for patients of all ages, with or without existing oral health concerns, and with all sorts of medical histories.
Good oral health is a journey that lasts your whole life, and our dental care team looks forward to helping you have the most successful life of dental care possible! Contact our Dayton office today to schedule your visit.