Experts are discovering that there is a greater connection between your oral health and the health of your whole body than they once thought. At Brookside Dental in Nampa, Idaho, Drs. Robbie and Jared Hamblin provides dental cleanings, sealants, and other preventive care to help you retain your health.
Please call our Nampa dental office or use the online scheduling feature today to book your next dental appointment.
What Is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is the category of dentistry that encompasses services to preserve your oral health. You don't need to be experiencing pain, complications, or other symptoms to get preventive dental care. It would be best if you kept up on it regularly to minimize your chances of getting:
- Periodontal disease
- Cavities and tooth decay
- Enamel wear and tear
Much of preventive dentistry involves visits to your dentist, but there is a lot that you can do at home, too. In any case, you must follow all of your Nampa dentist's instructions to the best of your ability to optimize your health and your smile's appearance.
What Type of Preventive Dental Services Are Available?
At Brookside Dental, we prioritize preventive care to keep your mouth, and ultimately your whole body, healthy and functional. Poor oral health is linked to much more severe conditions, like heart disease and osteoporosis. Our dental team recommends that you receive the following for routine preventive dental care in Nampa:
Regular exams from your dentist are vital to your oral health. Dr. Hamblin examines your teeth and gums for signs of disease, damage, or decay. With regular exams, he can catch these problems early.
Routine Teeth Cleanings
Teeth cleanings usually take place at the same time as dental exams. A hygienist thoroughly cleans and polishes your teeth to remove hardened bacteria from the surface.
While you usually get them as a child, you should still consider getting them as an adult. Dr. Hamblin paints them on the chewing surfaces of your molars to fill in the grooves, making your teeth easier to clean.
Periodontal Care for Gingivitis and Gum Disease
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that about 47% of adults aged 30 years and older, and about 70% of adults 65 years and older have periodontal (gum) disease. As you age, there is a higher risk of developing gum disease, and many people aren't aware they have it. Like high blood pressure, it usually cannot be detected until it is measured by a hygienist or dental care provider.
At Brookside Dental, we offer periodontal care to protect their gum health for those with gingivitis or gum disease. For example, root scaling and planing is a method we use to gently clean below the gumline and smooth out the tooth roots, so the gums reattach to the teeth. Patients with gum disease generally require more frequent dental cleaning appointments, usually every three months, to maintain their gum health.
What Else Can I Do to Prevent Dental Complications?
You can take many steps at home to keep up with your preventive dental care. During a typical appointment at Brookside Dental, Dr. Hamblin teaches you to care for your teeth and gums, including:
- The proper method for brushing
- Flossing techniques
- Avoiding chewing on hard objects, like candy or pencils
- Wearing a protective mouthguard when you play contact sports
- Eating a balanced diet without much sugar or acid
Dr. Robbie, Dr. Jared, and our team may give you other suggestions based on your current habits and any dental appliances in your mouth.
Your Nampa Dentists Are Here to Help!
If you're interested in learning more about preventive care in Nampa or would like to book an exam, please call Brookside Dental or schedule an appointment online today.