Preventative Care

Burlington Center Dental Associates are your local Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentists located in Burlington, MA.

Preventive Care from Burlington Center Dental Associates

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Part of maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine is visiting your dentist in Burlington and Chelmsford regularly for a dental exam and cleaning. At the Burlington Center Dental Associates, our goal is to provide our patients with the highest quality dental care to maintain good oral health.

Preventative Care Q & A

What Is The Importance of Preventive Care?

It is recommended that you visit your dentist for a routine cleaning and exam twice a year (approximately every six months). The reason for this is that, while brushing and flossing are helpful for keeping the teeth clean on a day-to-day basis, there can still be traces of plaque and/or food debris left behind on the teeth. These substances are potentially harmful to the teeth as bacteria live in it and produce acids that can eat away at the tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay or periodontal disease. Only a dentist or hygienist will be able to remove these harmful substances to preserve your oral health.

It is also important to have regular dental exams because, unlike health issues in other areas of the body that present clear signs, oral diseases typically do not present symptoms until they have reached a more progressive stage where treatment becomes more complicated and expensive. Having regular examinations gives your dentist the opportunity to check the teeth, gums, and mouth overall for signs of developing issues and treating them early.

What types of preventive care do you offer?

Dental cleaning

During a dental cleaning, which is usually performed by a hygienist, traces of plaque and tartar will be removed from the teeth surfaces using dental tools. The teeth will be brushed with a special toothpaste (which is grittier in texture than store-bought toothpaste) and an electric toothbrush. You will also receive thorough flossing.

Dental exam

Your dentist at the Burlington Center Dental Associates will inspect the teeth and gums for signs of decay or damage, as well as the development of oral diseases such as gum disease. Digital x-rays are usually taken once a year and an oral cancer screening may also be part of the exam.

If it has been a while since your last exam and cleaning, be sure to make an appointment at the Burlington Center Dental Associates in Burlington today.

What is Preventive Dentistry and Why is It So Important?

The main goal that surrounds preventive dentistry is ensuring the health of your teeth now before it’s able to progress into tooth decay, infections, or the need for extractions. Preventive dentistry has time and time again proven to be the best way to not only save money but also time and discomfort when seeking the help of a dentist.

For example, if you have waited years between dental exams and cleanings, then the likelihood that you have developed a much more serious dental condition is high. Instead of receiving the dental cleaning that you need twice a year, you may have to come into the office in order to receive a root canal or tooth extraction which can be both much more costly and uncomfortable.

What Counts as Preventive Dentistry?

Specifically, the type of treatments and procedures that fall under the category of preventive dentistry include:

  • Dental cleanings
  • Dental exams
  • Dental sealants
  • And more
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