Why You Should Prioritize Preventative Care

Gum Disease Treatment Charlottesville VAPreventative care is the basis for lifelong dental health. At Harrison Dental Associates, we recommend patients schedule regular preventative care appointments with our office once every six months. This ensures that your dental structures are being monitored and maintained by professionals. Here are three good reasons to prioritize preventative care:

Gum Disease Prevention

Gum disease is a common dental concern that we treat in our office. Often, many patients visit us during their regularly scheduled preventative care appointments, and we are able to catch gum disease in its earliest stage–gingivitis. You might be experiencing gingivitis if you notice small amounts of blood in the sink after you’ve brushed or flossed. This blood is a sign that your gums are inflamed. Inflammation is caused by a buildup of plaque or tartar surrounding your gumline. At a certain point, this residue must be removed by a professional dentist. During your regularly scheduled oral hygiene appointments, our trained hygienist will remove this residue before it gets the chance to cause major damages to your soft tissues. However, if you neglect to schedule your oral health and wellness appointments, it is very likely that gingivitis will progress to gum disease and require more invasive restorative care, like periodontal disease treatment.

Better Overall Oral Hygiene

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. We understand you want to make a good first impression at job interviews, first dates, or even just to feel more confident overall. When you practice good oral hygiene care, you are not only prioritizing the longevity of your dental health but also the way that you feel about your smile. No one should have to go through life feeling self-conscious about their smile. However, even people with the most thorough oral hygiene routines still need to seek out professional dental care. This is because small dental concerns can develop, often without any noticeable symptoms. By the time they start noticing something is wrong with their smiles, it’s often too late to be resolved during a standard oral health and wellness appointment. This is why we encourage prioritizing preventative care regardless of what stage you are in with your dental health journey. It never hurts to take good care of your smile.

Less Expensive Than Restorative Care

Often, patients avoid going to the dentist because they are worried about needing invasive and expensive restorative care. However, when you regularly see a dentist, you are less likely to need those invasive and expensive procedures in the first place. This is because when a professional dentist is actively evaluating and treating your smile, we are more likely to catch minor dental concerns before they develop into major dental issues. If you have been putting off going to the dentist, know that Harrison Dental Associates is here for you. We have worked hard to provide our patients with a judgment-free, welcoming environment to receive dental care. Please schedule an appointment online today, and we look forward to seeing you soon.