Early prevention and good oral hygiene is essential for protecting your dental and overall health. At Smiles for Life in Harrisonburg, VA, Dr. Joe McIntyre, Dr. Dan Whiting, Dr. Kelsey Rockey, and Dr. Bryant Ash practice preventative dentistry to ensure that patients avoid complicated oral health problems. Our doctors can not only teach you the most effective methods for maintaining oral optimal health, but also conduct biannual examinations. During these cleanings, they can diagnose any dental concerns at the earliest stage possible so that the issue receives treatment before it becomes a big problem.
Our in-office examinations are an important part of keeping up good dental and overall health. Early detection of potential signs of gum disease and oral cancer is crucial to developing a successful treatment plan. During the exam, our doctors will provide a full evaluation of your gums, lips, inner cheek, and tongue, looking for any lesions, sores, or white spots that could indicate early signs of oral cancer. We will also use advanced technology to examine the condition of your teeth, jawbone, and soft tissues of your mouth.
Practicing Good Oral Hygiene at Home
Although regular visits to the dentist are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile, patients must do the bulk of the work at home. Consequently, it is essential that you know the best techniques to prevent decay, cavities, and other concerns. We usually recommend:
- Flossing at least once a day, typically after meals
- Brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste
- Minimizing your intake of sugary foods
- Refraining from smoking to prevent staining and gum disease
During your bi-annual visit, our dentists and hygienist will provide a full evaluation of your smile. Depending on the results of this examination, we can help you develop a home care plan that boosts health of your teeth and gums.
Early Detection Can Save Time, Money, and Stress
It is not uncommon for minor concerns such as decay, cavities, or bleeding gums to develop into more serious health issues. When tooth decay spreads to neighboring teeth or triggers gum inflammation, the consequences can be serious. The more severe the condition, the greater the need for more invasive, expensive, and complex restorative procedures to improve your oral condition. By catching oral health problems in their early stages, we can ensure that treatment is both less invasive and more affordable.
The Connection Between Oral and Overall Health
Research has long demonstrated a direct link between a person’s oral and overall health. As bacteria builds up in the mouth and goes untreated, a patient’s gums become more prone to infection and inflammation.
Laying the foundation for longterm oral health is a collaboration between patients and their doctor.
If it is not properly treated, this condition can lower your body's resistance to other problems, from stroke and heart to disease to cancer. Consequently, consistent and attentive dental care can save both your smile and the rest of your body.
Protect Your Health Today
Laying the foundation for longterm oral health is a collaboration between patients and their doctor. To maintain good oral and overall health, contact us online or give us a call at (540) 208-5911 to set up an appointment with our team.