Preventive dental care is the foundation of your oral heath care and should be performed on a regular basis to ensure a lifelong healthy smile.
The goal of Dr. Thomas Prendergast and Dr. Caroline Shepherd is to help patients maintain their oral health, as well as to help avoid dental problems in the future. Preventive dental care is an important part of a good quality of life, now and as you age.
What Preventive Dentistry Offers
Preventive Dentistry is focused on taking care of one’s oral health in advance to avoid the many risks associated with poor oral hygiene down the road.
Regular brushing and annual dental checkups with Drs. Prendergast and Shepherd are two of the most common methods of preserving lasting oral health. Other oral care tips include flossing daily, using a fluoride toothpaste approved by the ADA (American Dental Association) and changing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 times a year.
Visiting our Fox Lake, IL dentist office for an exam and professional dental cleaning twice a year gives us the opportunity to spot dental problems early on and screen for gum disease and oral cancer. Catching problems early can save time and money down the road.
Preventive dental care is also the best way to avoid tooth cavities, gum disease and worn or damaged teeth. With regular checkups, Drs. Prendergast and Shepherd will be quick to identify issues in your oral health and recommend appropriate treatment before the issue threatens overall dental health or results in tooth loss.
What Preventive Dentistry Offers To You…
With the above benefits, it’s easy to understand that preventive dentistry helps you enjoy not only a comfortable smile, but the overall health benefits of eating and speaking normally. Your dental health also plays a role in helping you maintain overall good health: poor oral health has been linked to an increased risk in the development or severity of cardiovascular and systemic disease.