Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems entirely. However, preventive care like brushing, flossing, and eating healthy can significantly lower your risk. Frank Varinos, DDS, Jemin Kim, DMD, and the team at Varinos Dental Associates of Newburyport in Newburyport, Peabody, Haverhill, and Winthrop, Massachusetts, provide an array of preventive care services to people of all ages. Whether you’re new to the area and want to establish care or it’s been a few years since your last checkup, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.
Preventive care is a branch of dentistry focused on keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy using preemptive measures like brushing, flossing, regular dental exams, and cleanings.
At Varinos Dental Associates of Newburyport, the team also recommends regular dental X-rays, periodontal charting, and checkups to catch potential problems like gum disease and tooth decay before they get worse.
In addition, your oral health directly affects your general health. In fact, clinical studies suggest poor oral hygiene can increase your risk of chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
The team at Varinos Dental Associates of Newburyport offers an array of preventive care measures, including:
Scaling and root planing is a common treatment for gum disease. Duringscaling and root planing, your dentist carefully removes plaque and tartar deposits from the surface of your teeth. This process eliminates inflammation and prevents your gums from receding further.
The chewing surfaces of your teeth — particularly those in the back of your mouth — are susceptible to decay. This is especially true in children and teenagers who still have their primary teeth.
A dental sealant is a type of plastic material that your dentist applies to the top of a decaying or damaged tooth. The sealant acts as a barrier, keeping food and plaque from causing further damage.
If you use tobacco products or drink 20 glasses of alcohol (or more) each week, you’re at higher risk of developing oral cancer.
During an oral cancer screening, your Varinos Dental Associates of Newburyport provider checks your neck, mouth, and oral tissues for abscesses, growths, and other signs of cancer. Caught early, oral cancer is much easier to treat.
Everyone can benefit from preventive care. In fact, participating in regular preventive care is one of the easiest and most effective ways to lower your risk of common problems, including cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. Preventive care can also alert you to more serious health problems and improve your quality of life.
If it’s been more than six months since your last dental appointment, now is the perfect time to take action. Book a preventive care consultation at Varinos Dental Associates of Newburyport by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.