You may have heard the expression “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and your oral health is no exception as routine dental cleanings are the best way to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best. At Mountain Peak Dentistry in Lakewood, Colorado, licensed dentist Brennan Bonati, DDS, provides preventive dentistry services now so you can avoid getting dental work later. To book an appointment, call or use the convenient online scheduling tool.
Your 3 most common questions about Preventative Dentistry
Question 1: Why are regular dental cleanings important?
Going in for a dental checkup and cleaning every six months is one of the best things you can do to keep your teeth healthy. When you make cleanings part of your routine, you greatly lower your chances of needing major dental work later.
Cleanings both allow Dr. Bonati an opportunity to look at your teeth to detect any oral health issues early, and remove any buildup that could lead to problems like tooth decay and gum disease. You receive a deep cleaning with specialized equipment that can get rid of all the plaque, tartar, and stains you can’t remove through brushing and flossing alone.
Dr. Bonati also looks for signs of tooth decay and gum disease, makes sure any restorative work you’ve had is in good shape, screens for oral cancer, and may take X-rays.
Question 2: Do dental cleanings hurt?
One reason people avoid going to the dentist is they’re worried it’ll hurt. Of course, this kind of thinking can eventually lead to serious dental problems that cause far more pain than any routine dental cleaning.
If you do feel that way, there is some truth to it: dental cleanings can be painful if you haven’t been taking care of your teeth. When you don’t brush twice a day and floss at least once a day, your gums will be more sensitive because they’re not used to being thoroughly cleaned. Also, that likely means more plaque and tartar have built up, so cleaning your teeth takes more work.
The good news is you can easily break this cycle. Dr. Bonati and his team make sure you’re comfortable during your cleaning and may give you a local anesthetic to numb your gums. Once you start a consistent oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing at home, your dental cleanings every six months at Mountain Peak Dentistry are nearly painless.
Question 3: How can I keep my teeth healthy between cleanings?
Though cleanings twice a year are an important step, they will be more effective, and your teeth will stay healthier if you make sure to take good care of your teeth between visits to Mountain Peak Dentistry. You can prevent most dental conditions by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Mouthwash can help prevent plaque and tartar buildup as well.
Dr. Bonati also recommends eating a healthy, balanced diet low in sugary snacks and drinking a glass of water when you do eat or drink something sugary.
Whether you want to get back on the path to good oral health or stay on it, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book a preventive dentistry appointment at Mountain Peak Dentistry today.
Meet Our Team
As a member of the Colorado Dental Association and Metro Denver Dental Society, Dr. Bonati is committed to professional development, and he hopes his patients benefit from his expanding knowledge most of all.
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