Truth said, many people don't often visit a dentist as regularly as they are supposed to. They only think about seeing a dentist when they suffer from serious dental discomforts like toothaches and bleeding gums. This shouldn't be the case; it is important to see a dentist regularly to provide preventive care for your teeth. Preventive dentistry is a great way to keep your teeth healthy and reduces dental costs. Here are some preventive dental care services that you should provide for both you and your family.

Dental examinations

People brush their teeth to keep them clean, healthy and white. Some brush their teeth in the morning before they leave home for work and when they are going to sleep at night while others prefer to do so after having their meals. But is this good enough to keep your teeth strong and healthy? Most certainly not.

Besides regularly brushing your teeth, you need a dentist to also check on their condition even if you're not experiencing any dental distress. Modern dentists use advanced digital X-ray technology to perform a series of X-rays including bitewing X-rays so that they can diagnose potential problems early and prescribe treatment if need be.

Teeth cleanings

Even if you dutifully brush your teeth at home every day, bacteria-prone substances will eventually accumulate in your mouth over time. Your dentist will use an ultrasonic instrument, fluoride gel, scalers and curettes to remove plaque and tartar deposits that you're unable to clean out yourself.

Essentially, the aim of the professional cleaning is to leave the surface-level parts of your teeth hygienic so that bacteria won't stay in your mouth, and you will stand a better chance of success in trying to keep your teeth healthy. Furthermore, professional teeth cleaning helps protect you from such problems as premature tooth loss and the dreaded gum disease.

Fluoride treatments and supplements

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally and can be found in the tooth's enamel layer. It helps to strengthen teeth and protect them from decay. It is one of the things that a dentist can add to your teeth to prevent them from decay.

During an in-office treatment, the dentist will use fluoride gel, varnish or foam to treat your teeth and supplement your fluoride intake by prescribing fluoride tablets. It is particularly important for young children whose teeth are still growing to receive these fluoride treatments and supplements.