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The Importance of Preventative Dental Care

Did you know that dental disease resulting from poor oral hygiene has been linked to some of the most serious illnesses we face today? Few people know that dental disease can increase your risk for any of the following:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Pneumonia
  • Poor pregnancy outcomes
  • Dementia
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That’s certainly not a list to be taken lightly, especially considering that advanced tooth decay can only be treated with operations like root canals and mouth reconstruction, which cost thousands of dollars. In fact, it is estimated that for every $1 you spend on preventative dental care you save $50 on emergency or reconstructive procedures that have been avoided (1).

The scary fact is that tooth decay, or dental disease, is the second most common disease in the U.S, affecting one-in-four children and 90% of adults over 40. With those kind of numbers, it is highly likely that the average person will experience tooth decay at some point in their lives, which requires preventative treatment just like any other serious disease.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that in order to prevent dental disease or advanced tooth decay it is recommended that you receive preventative dental care every six months. By simply getting a cleaning and inspection of your teeth to identify and remedy problem areas, you can avoid very serious and expensive illnesses and operations.

In preventative dental care, the dentist will inspect your teeth for cavities, give you x-rays to determine if your teeth are growing improperly (which results in conditions like impacted molars), and thoroughly clean your teeth. In the event that dental disease is discovered, a simple procedure will be performed that will remedy the problem area and prevent your tooth from requiring more serious treatment.

If you are in need of a family dentist you can trust, look no further than Jason C. Croft, D.M.D. Contact Dr. Croft for the highest quality preventative and emergency dental care in the Gainesville, GA area.