The Importance of Preventative Care

Quality preventative care is the best way to ensure you don’t get dental problems. With proper oral care at home and routine visits to your dentist in Bay City, MI, your teeth should be in good shape. Dr. Daryle Mahnke highlights the importance of dental care and how your dentist can make sure your teeth are as healthy as they need to be.

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Routine Dental Examinations

One of the most important things you can do for your smile is to go to your Bay City, Michigan dentist for regular examinations and cleanings. Dr. Mahnke will perform a thorough observation of your teeth, gums, jaw, and other support structures for the mouth. Through this and talking to you about your needs and wants, a custom treatment plan can be established

Our traditional examination includes:

  • X-rays
  • Examining your jaw for symptoms of TMJ
  • Screening for cavities and oral cancer
  • Periodontal screening for gum disease

Many of these things can discover problems with your teeth that you may not have known you had on your own. Early signs of cavities and gum disease are virtually invisible if you don’t know what to watch out for. 

If the dentist finds more severe problems, you may have to undergo a few extra tests. Digital imaging and bite analysis can give Dr. Mahnke a better picture of the issues you’re having with your teeth. If needed, models may be made to plan out a further form of treatment.

For gum disease, Dr. Mahnke may proceed with performing a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums. This will involve removing plaque and darter from the deep pits in your gums. If the dentist finds cavities, those will either be dealt with dental fillings or a root canal, depending on the severity of the infection in the tooth.

At-Home Dental Care

Visits to the dentist can’t be the only care you give to your teeth. You have to do the part in between those checkups. When you’re in the office for one of your examinations, Dr. Mahnke can help you go over a home oral care plan. You may be brushing and flossing, but you want to make sure you’re doing it correctly.

At the very least, you should be brushing and flossing twice a day. Ideally, you’d do this every time you ate a meal. It’s also important to drink a lot of water and choose sugarless gum if you’re going to chew it. These things help increase your saliva production. Saliva is key for washing away bacteria that will linger and decay your teeth.

In addition, your diet plays a big role in the care of your mouth. Eating too many sugary sweets causes a higher chance of tooth decay. Be sure you’re eating a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits, avoiding sticky, starchy, and overly sweet foods and drinks. The more sugar you take in, the more your teeth will suffer.

Your Dentist in Bay City, Michigan

We want to help you perfect preventative care to avoid dental problems. Call us today or schedule an appointment online to get started!