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Regular visits to your dentist are about so much more than just having that fresh, clean feeling. The purpose of regular hygiene appointments is to screen for any dental problems that may be developing, such as cavities or oral cancer, and to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. The importance of these visits cannot be understated. Continue reading for a look at why preventive dentistry should be a priority in your life.
Preventive Dentistry Preserves Your Smile
Anyone who has ever needed a complete smile makeover or restoration knows that a beautiful, healthy smile is nothing to take for granted. Extensive dental restorations can be expensive and time-consuming. Preventive dentistry can help keep you from needing a smile makeover, as you’ll be able to catch problems early and keep your mouth healthy.
Preventive Dentistry Helps Your General Health
Gum disease has been linked to a number of general health problems, including heart disease and diabetes. Practicing proper oral hygiene habits at home, visiting your dentist regularly, and using products approved by your dentist can stop gum disease in its tracks, reducing your risk of developing or complicating these other health problems. If your dentist offers oral cancer screenings as a part of your checkup, your dedication to preventive dentistry could actually save your life.
Preventive Dentistry Preserves Your Lifestyle
Because the purpose of preventive dentistry is to keep your mouth healthy, it can help keep you from having to worry about not being able to eat the foods you love or not being able to speak properly because of missing teeth. You also won’t have to worry about losing your confidence and self-esteem because of problems with your smile.
At Hudec Dental, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry services, including preventive dentistry, designed to help you obtain and maintain your most beautiful, healthy smile. Give us a call at (216) 661-8888 to schedule an appointment at our office in Cleveland today.
Last updated 8 days ago
Your dentist knows how important flossing is for good oral health, and you probably know about the benefits of flossing, too. But do you know how to floss properly? It can be tricky, but with a little practice and the right information, you can floss like a professional—and make your dentist proud.
Wrap about 18 inches of floss around each middle finger until there are one to two inches remaining in the middle. With the floss held tightly, carefully and gently slide it between the teeth using an up-and-down motion—never snap it into place. Guide the floss under the gum line and curve it around the base of each tooth. Gently slide it back out from between the teeth and move to the next set. Unwind and re-wrap the floss to ensure you have a clean surface for each new area.
If you have more questions about how to floss properly, ask the dentists at Hudec Dental in Cleveland. Our highly trained staff can demonstrate the procedure to you so you can take proper care of your teeth. For an appointment for a dental cleaning, give us a call at (216) 661-8888 today.
Last updated 15 days ago
Pregnancy is usually a beautiful, exciting time in a woman's life, but it is also a time filled with questions and concerns. Many expectant moms wonder about the safety and necessity of dental care during pregnancy. Here are the facts to set your mind at ease:
Routine Dental Care Is Crucial
Don't put off your routine cleanings and dental exams simply because you are pregnant. Those appointments are not only safe, but they are also very important for the health and wellbeing of both you and your unborn child. Preventing gum disease and other oral infections during pregnancy reduces the risk of pre-term labor. Dental cleanings can help alleviate some unpleasant pregnancy symptoms such as gingivitis, bleeding gums, and swelling of the gums, all of which can be associated with pregnancy hormones.
Dental Procedures Are Safe
While most non-essential dental procedures are best postponed until after the baby's birth, emergency dental procedures can be done safely. Make sure your dentist knows you are pregnant so he or she can provide the best possible care to both you and your baby. Some of the antibiotics commonly prescribed for oral infections are safe for pregnant women, and anesthesia to numb the area is also safe. If an x-ray is needed, it can be done without harming the baby, but if that diagnostic test isn't a requirement, it should be avoided.
Comfort Is Important
Staying comfortable and relaxed during visits to the dentist is important for the baby. Bring a pillow for your stomach, neck, or legs if needed. Take deep breaths to relax yourself during the appointments, and avoid long appointments during the third trimester so you don't have to lie on your back for an extended period of time. To keep adequate circulation flowing, don't cross your legs in the chair.
At Hudec Dental in Cleveland, we care about the health and safety of you and your unborn child. Our highly trained staff will provide the dental services you need before, during, and after your pregnancy. For an appointment, call us today at (216) 661-8888.
Last updated 22 days ago
One of the things your dentist looks for during your routine dental exam is plaque buildup. Plaque can be damaging to teeth, and can cause problems that affect other areas of your oral health. To learn how to keep plaque from building up on your teeth, watch this informative video.
Preventing plaque buildup helps to prevent periodontal disease and keeps your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy. Ways to discourage plaque buildup include brushing twice a day, flossing daily, seeing your dentist for cleanings and exams twice a year, and limiting your snacking. Keeping your sugar consumption to a minimum can help keep plaque from developing on your teeth as well.
For more information on preventing plaque buildup and stopping periodontal disease, visit Hudec Dental in Cleveland. Our dentists and hygienists will clean your teeth and provide the care you need for a healthy smile. To schedule an appointment, call (216) 661-8888.