Cleaning and Prevention: Protecting Your Oral Health
Losing teeth as we age is not an inevitability.
You don't need to end up in complete dentures by the time you reach your later senior years. With prevention, you can keep most - if not all - of your teeth for a lifetime.
Why Prevention Is so Important
Preventative treatment, which includes regular cleanings and exams, can serve you in a multitude of ways.
Prevent Dental Decay
Like losing your teeth, dental decay is also preventable. With daily home care practices and regular visits to your Santa Barbara dentist, you can significantly reduce your risk of getting a cavity.
Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease doesn't just leave you with bad breath, it can also cause you to lose bone around your teeth, resulting in:
- Gum infections
- Tooth loss
Daily home care and twice-yearly cleanings can keep your gums and bone healthy.
Even if you develop early-stage gum disease, you can reverse it with flossing, brushing, and professional cleanings, thereby preventing the disease from progressing.
Catch Issues Early
Your Santa Barbara dentist can catch potentially dangerous conditions early with an annual dental exam, oral cancer screening, and digital x-rays. If Dr. Omid Barkhordar does find an issue, he can treat it early, helping you avoid painful conditions, like toothaches and abscesses. And in the case of oral cancer, catching it early could save your life.