West Hill Family Dental is the best dental practice when you’re looking to work with a preventative dentist in Rocky Hill CT. Our number one mission is to have the most educated dental patients possible. We love seeing our patients, but we’d rather see you for your check-ups and cleanings than restorative work. We want to empower our patients with the knowledge of best practices when it comes to dental hygiene. It might seem odd for a dental office to say this, but we feel like we can best serve the community at large and our business by building a strong foundation of informed patients that rely on us for maintenance rather than invasive procedures. With that said we can and will serve our patients in every aspect of dentistry, but want to make it clear that our goal is to keep you out of our chair as long as possible.
Preventative Dentistry is Better Dentistry
Importance of Preventative Dental Care
Preventative dental care is the same as any other kind of preventative medicine. It involves taking small regular steps to avoid problems with your teeth and gums instead of taking major steps later to correct larger problems.
Things you do to maintain your teeth and gums are considered preventative dental care. If you take each step seriously, you can avoid many of the most common issues that hurt your teeth. It only takes a few minutes each day to practice preventative dental care that will ensure your smile is bright and healthy throughout your entire life. It’s especially important for children to practice preventative dental care while their adult teeth are still developing. The basics of preventative dental care include:
- Brushing daily with an electric toothbrush
- Flossing daily
- Replacing your toothbrush head regularly
- Minimizing foods that cause tooth decay
- Seeing your dentist regularly for check-ups (2-4 times per year)
- Periodic X-Rays
- Annual oral cancer screening with Valscope™
- Topical fluoride application
4 Major Benefits of Preventative Dental Care
Save Money – Dental floss and toothpaste are cheap compared to the cost of a major dental procedure, like a root canal. Making a tiny investment in preventative dental care keeps you from having to make major investments in corrective procedures.
Save Time – This one is easy. Would you rather spend a couple of minutes each day giving gentle care and attention to your teeth, or spend hours getting work done at the dentist?
Avoid the Dental Drill – Preventative dental care allows you to visit the dentist less often, and when you do visit you can avoid drills, shots, and discomfort. Not a bad deal!
Avoid Major Problems – Most dental problems are the result of long untreated small issues. When you practice preventative dental care consistently your teeth and gums stay healthy and avoid the major problems if left untreated.