Aaron M. Schertzer DDS PC

5445 Telegraph Road
Saint Louis, Missouri 63129
(314) 892 -2120



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By Advanced Dental Arts
May 28, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventative Care  

Preventive care is an important way to care for your teeth and your overall oral health. Preventive care involves regular dental visits with professional cleanings, as well as developing effective oral hygiene habits at home. By taking preventive measures to care for your teeth, you can reduce your risk of developing cavities, periodontal disease, and other oral health problems. Dr. Aaron Schertzer is your dentist for preventive care and family dentistry in Oakville.

What is Preventive Care?

Preventive dental care focuses on the prevention of oral health problems, such as cavities and gum disease. Prevention is achieved with regular dental visits that include an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning. Scheduling regular dental checkups at least every six months with your Oakville family dentistry office can help keep your teeth and gums healthier. Any oral health problems that are identified during your visits can be promptly treated to prevent the problem from getting worse and spreading to other areas.

Professional dental cleanings are an important component of preventive care. With professional cleanings, it is possible to clean the teeth and mouth more thoroughly than can be achieved at home. In fact, oral health threats such as plaque and tartar buildup cannot necessarily be fully cleaned from the teeth with regular brushing and flossing at home. The only way to completely remove such problems is with a professional dental cleaning. Removing plaque and tartar buildup through a professional dental cleaning helps prevent gum disease from developing.

Preventive Care at Home

Preventive care of your teeth and gums extends beyond dental checkups and professional cleanings. By developing good oral hygiene habits at home, you can maximize the impact of the preventive measures being taken during your dental visits. An effective at-home oral hygiene routine should include the following habits:

  • Brushing the teeth twice a day
  • Flossing between teeth regularly
  • Brushing gently with a soft-bristled brush
  • Limiting consumption of foods and drinks high in sugar
  • Avoiding cigarettes and other tobacco products

The importance of preventive care for maintaining a healthy mouth should not be underestimated. Preventive dental care can help you avoid a host of oral health problems, including infection and decay. To make regular dental visits a part of your preventive care routine, schedule an appointment with Dr. Schertzer by calling the Oakville, MO, family dentistry office at (314) 892-2120.