By William H. Peterson, D.M.D.
January 17, 2018
Category: Oral Health

How preventive care from your dentist in Clayton can save your smilepreventative dentistry

You practice preventive care at home when you brush and floss, but is brushing and flossing enough to maintain your dental health? Not really, because you still need the services of a dentist and dental hygienist to keep your smile in top shape. Dr. William Peterson in Clayton, MO wants to share why preventive care is important for dental health.

Poor dental health starts with plaque accumulation. That’s because the plaque that covers your teeth contains millions of bad bacteria. These bacteria produce toxins which can infect your gums and damage your teeth and your supporting bone.

Brushing and flossing help to remove the plaque and bacteria before they can do damage. So if you are brushing and flossing regularly, good for you! However, you still need regular professional cleanings, dental examinations and x-rays.

You can’t do it all when it comes to taking care of your smile because many oral health issues can go undetected for years. You need professional preventive care to closely monitor the health of your gums, teeth and jawbone.

Your dental professionals will:

  • Thoroughly clean your teeth every six months to maintain the health of your gums; both hard deposits (calculus or tartar) and soft deposits (plaque) are removed and your teeth are polished to a brilliant shine.
  • Take x-rays at least yearly to monitor the health of your teeth and supporting bone
  • Do a comprehensive dental examination at least yearly to check for dental decay, evidence of gum disease or periodontal disease

Preventive care is vital to protecting your oral and dental health. Brushing and flossing are great, but you also need to partner with an expert like Dr. Peterson. For more information about preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services call Dr. Peterson in Clayton, MO today!