Prevention, Prevention, Prevention
Did you know that decay could begin to develop from the minute a tooth breaks through the gums? That means that even your 6-month old child is at risk for getting a cavity. This is why prevention is vitally important throughout your entire life. The American Dental Association recommends that every person from the age of one-year old should visit their dentist every 6 months. Decay can be hidden, and symptoms like pain may not develop until the problem is severe. But if your dentist is inspecting your mouth twice yearly, he or she is much more likely to identify problems in their early stages, long before a procedure such as a root canal is necessary.
However, these twice-a-year visits are not only for the exams. You will also be having cleanings that will remove plaque buildup on your teeth. Additionally, routine X-rays will allow your dentist to find decay before you develop a toothache, giving them the opportunity to intervene before the need for costly and potentially uncomfortable treatments. Children who are seeing their dentist regularly may have fluoride treatments, or may have sealants applied to protect their teeth from cavities. As the need arises, orthodontia work like braces or Invisalign may be advised to straighten your teeth, because it can be difficult to brush or floss between teeth when they are overlapping or crooked. Grinding at night can also lead to a wearing down of the enamel of your teeth, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Your dentist can fit you for a custom-made mouth guard, which will prevent the damage that could ultimately require more extensive dental work. A mouth guard can also be made for those who participate in sports, again to prevent injury before it occurs.
A family dentist that is focused on prevention will guide you through maintaining your oral health. The ultimate goal is for you to avoid more serious complications of dental disease, like gingivitis or periodontitis. They will be your source of valuable information that will assist you in keeping your teeth healthy. For instance, they will remind you to brush and floss twice daily, refrain from smoking, and avoid foods high in sugars and carbohydrates. These health-promoting behaviors will not only keep your smile bright, but will keep your dental care more affordable.
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Have you ever heard the term “dental home”? This refers to having a family dentist that you have chosen to provide all of your dental needs. It is basically the same concept as a primary care provider, but for your dental health. With prevention in mind, the dentist of your choice evaluates your individual needs and risks, and develops a comprehensive plan with you to keep your teeth healthy and strong. The benefits of choosing a dentist for your dental home are numerous, including the development of a trusting relationship and continuity of care. This in turn will lead to healthier teeth and gums, fewer acute problems, and less overall cost.
Dr. Hagerman believes in preventive care and maintaining a continuous relationship with his patients. He’s also sensitive to your need for affordable dental care. That is why he has created the Hagerman Dental Plan for his patients that do not have traditional insurance. By paying a one-time annual fee, you will be able to receive all the recommended preventive care you will require to maintain good oral health, as well as reduced fees if you need additional treatments. He also offers financing with Care Credit, with some “no interest” options. By providing recommended preventive treatment, plans that include reduced rates for services, and affordable financing, Dr. Hagerman can help more people maintain that healthy and beautiful smile, at reasonable prices.
If you have questions about the services Dr. Hagerman can provide, or if you have any concerns about your dental health, please call Hagerman Dental Care at (651) 646-2392, or request an appointment online. We will be happy to help you achieve your highest level of oral health.