San Francisco, Marin, and Oakland, CA
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That saying of Benjamin Franklin certainly applies to the way we care for our patients at Glen Park Dental.
Why prevention matters
Preventive care is a crucial part of our program. Whether it refers to specific treatments that provide additional protection against issues such as tooth decay, diagnostic procedures to monitor the development of your teeth, or regular cleanings, preventive care is the first and best line of defense against potential oral health problems.
Remember, no preventive care treatment is a substitute for at-home oral hygiene. Remember to brush your teeth twice per day, floss daily, and encourage these habits in your children.
What happens when you don’t go to the dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends that every person visit the dentist at least twice per year, or once per six months, for a cleaning and examination. This allows your dentist to keep an accurate and comprehensive record of your oral health and identify any problems before they develop into serious disorders.
By not visiting your dentist on a regular basis, you run the risk of major oral health issues, which also can increase your risk factor of major health issues including:
- Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, can nearly double your risk of heart disease. Gum disease also can increase the chance you develop diabetes or increase your risk of a stroke.
- Missing teeth causes the deterioration of supporting bone structure, which can lead to more lost teeth.
- General poor oral health also has been linked, in recent research, to kidney disease, anxiety, depression and even cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
What can you expect from a cleaning?
A dental cleaning removes all bacteria and plaque from your teeth by gently scraping the buildup from your teeth. This procedure is far more thorough than any at-home procedure you can perform as part of your own regimen of oral health.
During your appointment, any tartar will be removed from your teeth and gum line, after which your teeth will be polished and flossed by a dental hygienist. We also take X-rays as part of a record of your oral health, and one of our dentists will thoroughly evaluate your mouth and teeth.
Make the commitment to good oral health for your entire family by entrusting their care to Glen Park Dental. To learn more about preventive care and its benefits, contact our office at (415) 585-1500 and schedule an appointment.
Glen Park Dental provides comprehensive, compassionate, quality oral health care for patients in the areas of San Francisco, Marin, and Oakland, California.