The Importance Of Preventive Dentistry – Why Oral Exams & Teeth Cleanings Matter

Wondering why you should always see Dr. Joel Darrah for six-month oral exams and teeth cleanings at Buckwalter Dental Care? Let’s look at 5 reasons why preventive care is so important for your oral health and overall health. 

1. Dr. Darrah Can Monitor The Health Of Your Teeth & Gums 

This may be obvious, but seeing Dr. Darrah regularly means he can keep track of your overall oral health, and be on the lookout for signs of gingivitis and cavities. 

By noticing signs of these problems early, Dr. Darrah will be able to recommend steps you can take to prevent further oral health problems. That keeps your mouth healthy, and gives you peace of mind. 

2. You’ll Save Time & Money By Avoiding Fillings & More

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the old saying goes. And this is true at the dentist, too! Dr. Darrah can make sure your smile is healthy and ensure you avoid treatments like fillings for cavities or root canals for infected teeth.

This saves you a lot of time and money, particularly if you have a dental plan. Preventive care is usually 100% covered, while treatments like crowns and fillings are typically covered at 50% to 80%. Avoiding unnecessary dental work is always a good thing for your oral health and your wallet, too! 

3. Your Smile Will Stay Bright And Beautiful 

During your teeth cleaning, your dental hygienist will use special tools to clean plaque and tartar away from your teeth, and will floss and polish them to keep them looking great. Tartar can’t be removed on your own, so regular cleanings help remove surface stains, as well as bacteria that can threaten your oral health. 

4. You Can Get Care Like Fluoride Treatments To Keep Your Teeth Healthy

If Dr. Darrah notices that a tooth is weak and may develop a cavity, he may suggest fluoride treatments to strengthen the tooth, or even an alternative treatment like dental sealants to prevent the formation of cavities in the tooth. 

Again, these preventive treatments are a lot cheaper than treatments like fillings and crowns, and can help you avoid future dental appointments.

5. You’ll Keep Your Body Healthy, Too 

Did you know that periodontal (gum) disease can raise your risk of heart attack and stroke? Or that oral cancer is usually not noticed until it spreads to the rest of your body unless it’s identified by a dentist?

Your oral health is connected to your overall health in a lot of different ways. So by getting preventive care from Buckwalter Dental Care, you’ll protect your oral health and your whole-body health, too! 

Contact Buckwalter Dental Care – Schedule Your Next Checkup Now!

Whether you’re overdue for a checkup, new to the area, or are searching for a new dentist, Dr. Darrah can help you get the preventive care you need in Bluffton. Contact us online or give us a call at (843) 815-3232 to schedule an appointment now, and keep your smile healthy. 

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