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Preventive Dentistry

Howard I Fine, DMD -  - General Dentist

Howard I Fine, DMD

General Dentist located in White Plains, NY

Protecting your teeth from damage and decay could save you considerable distress, pain, time, and money — and that’s the aim of preventive dentistry. Dr. Fine, practicing in White Plains, New York, is an experienced dentist who’s passionate about practicing preventive dentistry and offering clients a better way to take care of their oral health. If you’d like to find out more, call Dr. Fine today.

Preventive Dentistry Q & A

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is all about avoiding problems with your teeth and gums rather than waiting for something to go wrong.

Everyday care of your teeth is the primary form of preventive dentistry. Brushing twice a day, flossing every day, and using a dentist-recommended mouthwash are the best ways to prevent problems such as:

  • Gum disease
  • Cavities
  • Worn enamel
  • Infections
  • Abscesses
  • Tooth sensitivity

The other key aspect of preventive dentistry is to attend regular checkups with Dr. Fine.

What are the benefits of preventive dentistry?

First and foremost, preventive dentistry helps you avoid the pain, inconvenience, and expense of having to have dental treatment. You might not need to have fillings or undergo root canal procedures. There’s also far less chance you’d need to have dental implants or dentures to replace lost teeth.

Preventive dentistry also plays a vital role in keeping your smile looking healthy and bright. Lacking confidence in your smile can have a detrimental effect on your quality of life, but maintaining optimal dental health by taking preventive measures can keep your confidence levels high.

Poor oral health also influences some severe health problems that you might not think could be related to your teeth, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke

Evidence shows there’s a link between these diseases and a lack of oral hygiene, so it’s not just your teeth that you could save by brushing regularly.

Do I still need to see a dentist if I don’t have any problems?

Seeing Dr. Fine regularly for a checkup is an essential part of your preventive dentistry program. He can check for underlying issues and make sure all is looking good with your teeth. That way, you can prevent any problems that are developing from getting worse.

It’s also important to have your teeth professionally scaled and polished regularly to prevent tartar buildup. During your dental checkup, Dr. Fine can also spot signs of serious health problems such as oral cancers, and treat common conditions like denture stomatitis.

Maintaining good oral health has a positive influence over your health as a whole, so it pays to adopt preventive dentistry practices wherever you can.

To find out more about preventing dental health problems, call Howard I. Fine, DMD today to schedule and appointment.