How to Prevent Cavities and Gum Disease—Why a Little Prevention Goes a Long Way

Did you know that cavities and gum disease can be prevented? Here’s how preventive dental care can help you avoid permanent damage to your teeth and gums.

How to Prevent Cavities and Gum Disease—Why a Little Prevention Goes a Long Way

When you take a holistic approach to dentistry, as we do here at Prescott Dentistry, prevention takes priority. We aren’t your typical drill-and-fill dentists. We take your entire lifestyle into consideration, because many dental problems can be avoided by making a few small changes to your daily routine. As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and it’s especially true when applied to dentistry.

Problems like tooth decay and gum disease often start because of bad habits. But unlike a headache or an upset stomach, you can’t just wait for these problems to resolve on their own. Ignoring things like tooth sensitivity or bleeding gums will only allow small problems to turn into serious ones, increasing the cost of treatment and risking permanent damage. So don’t skip your next dentist appointment—here’s why preventive dental care is so important.

I Don’t Have Any Symptoms—Do I Really Need to Go to the Dentist?

Even if your teeth and gums feel fine, and you haven’t noticed any changes in your dental health, don’t avoid going to the dentist. Many early signs of problems will only show up during an exam—if you wait until you’re in pain or you see visible stains or cracks, it may be too late to prevent permanent damage. 

High-resolution scans during your exams can reveal hairline fractures, the beginnings of cavities, unconscious teeth-grinding, or the early signs of gum disease. Identifying potential problems and getting preventive treatment as soon as possible will help you avoid things like receding gums, root canals, and tooth loss. It can also help you avoid costly dental procedures that might max out your coverage.

How to Prevent Cavities

How to Prevent Gum Disease

Preventive Dental Care in Prescott, Arizona

Even if going to the dentist gives you anxiety, don’t avoid it! You just need the right dentist—one who takes your entire wellbeing into consideration, who understands your fears and can put you at ease. We’ll do our best to help you overcome your fears so you can get the preventive care you need. To make an appointment, call us at 928-445-1660 or send us a message online. 


Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash used with permission under the Creative Commons license for commercial use 3/28/2024.