Bi-annual dental exams
Total Care Dental provides you with excellent, comprehensive, preventative oral health care in Madison. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you visit your local dentist for a checkup at least twice per year. Nearly every dental health issue can be prevented with routine dental exams and teeth cleaning.
Basic preventive dentistry includes:
- Annual checkups
- Eating healthy food
Why is Preventative Dentistry Important?
The main two causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. The key to preventing these two dental problems is regular teeth cleanings and good oral hygiene. At your routine check up, you'll learn the best oral hygiene techniques to remove plaque that forms on your teeth. You may also need recommendations for oral care products, your diet or how to quit bad habits to maintain your oral health in between dental visits.
Preventative dentistry is also important for discovering oral health issues before they become a bigger problem. At routine appointments, your dentist can also check for oral cancer, periodontal disease, and bruxism. If you go too long without visiting your dentist, it could result in damage to your teeth, mouth, gums and overall health. Early detection of oral problems could save you money on costly treatments down the line.
Can diet affect my teeth?
Yes, any food and drinks containing sugar can cause tooth decay. Cutting down on sugary snacks and drinks will help reduce this risk. Recommended foods to keep your teeth healthy and happy include cheese, fruit, nuts and vegetables. These foods can also prevent gum disease and protect your mouth against oral cancer.
Can smoking and drinking affect my teeth and gums?
Tooth staining, tooth loss and mouth cancer are all common side effects of smoking. Smoking can also make gum disease worse. The best advice dentists have for smokers is to give it up, but if you can't, you should visit your dental team more often to compensate.
Alcohol also increases your risk of mouth cancer. Large consumption of alcoholic beverages containing sugar or acids can cause decay and erosion. Cutting down on your consumption could greatly benefit your oral health.
What to expect at a Preventative Dental Appointment?
Typically, a routine dental appointment will consist of a comprehensive exam (evaluation of your mouth for tooth decay, periodontal disease & oral cancer) and a professional cleaning. TCD Madison dentists will:
- Examine your teeth, gums and mouth for signs of disease
- Take updated x-rays of your teeth, if needed
- Perform an oral cancer screening
- Remove plaque buildup on your teeth and gums
- Answer your questions and concerns
Dental Insurance Covers Preventive Care
Most dental insurance providers cover the costs of basic preventive care. TCD Madison accepts all the best Wisconsin insurers. We’re happy to help you understand what is and isn’t covered by your plan. Even if you do not have dental insurance, we use financing plans to make treatment as affordable as possible.