Preventative dentistry is caring for and preventing dental issues before they happen. This can include both at-home dental care and routine dental checkups. You should brush your teeth at home after meals or at least twice daily. You should also floss regularly. This will help to prevent plaque and tartar buildup, which can cause cavities. You should make sure you use the proper brushing and flossing technique. Our dentist can demonstrate good brushing and flossing techniques at your regular dental appointment. You should also visit our dentist regularly at Dentistry Downtown. Our dentist will perform a routine exam and check for any dental issues during your appointment.

Preventative Dentistry and Oral Health

Preventative dentistry means protecting your oral health by preventing common dental issues. A dentist can diagnose and treat dental problems like gum disease and tooth decay. Routine dental exams and cleanings will keep your teeth bright and healthy. These appointments allow your dentist to identify and treat dental issues before they cause extensive damage. These appointments also allow your dentist to provide crucial preventative care treatments that help protect your smile.

Why Is Preventative Dentistry Necessary?

Preventing Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the most common dental issue and is preventable with proper care. When plaque is not removed regularly, it hardens and turns into tartar or calculus. The bacteria in plaque and tartar cause tooth decay, which can lead to serious dental health issues.

Preventing Gum Disease

Several factors can cause gum problems. Some patients may develop gum disease due to hereditary factors that drive their gums to bleed easily. Others may have gum disease due to high-sugar diets or frequent snacking, which weakens the teeth and gums. However, the most common cause of gum disease is poor dental hygiene. 

Neglecting your teeth can lead to plaque buildup over time. If plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth, it can cause the gums to become irritated and inflamed, signs that gum disease has set in. If left untreated, gum disease can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, causing pockets to form between the teeth and gums. If gum disease is left untreated, it can cause tooth loss, bone loss, and even heart disease.

Preventing Problems With Your Jaw

Preventative dentistry also involves treatments for several conditions. For example, if you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines, a dentist may recommend an examination of your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Poorly fitting dentures or misalignment of the teeth or jaw can cause the TMJ to overcompensate, which can cause tension in the muscles of the jaw and face. This tension can lead to headaches.


With regular dental checkups, you can address dental issues early on. For the best dental care, visit Dentistry Downtown at 606 Davis Circle Southwest, Huntsville, AL 35801, or call (256) 533-1131.


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