Making Preventive Dental Services a Priority

Visiting our team of comprehensive dentists is definitely a vital part of maintaining good oral health, but establishing an everyday routine is just as crucial. Any dentist will tell you that preventive dental care starts at home. Building those healthy habits can take time, especially for kids, but the payoff is avoiding costly treatments in the future. Apart from simple brushing and flossing, dietary choices and lifestyle can also play a large part in oral health. Dental Health Associates is here to be your partner in your efforts to achieve and maintain a healthy smile.

Patient Education

From forming good oral hygiene habits at home to walking through the specifics of your treatment plan, our comprehensive dentists do it all. We recommend that our patients use toothpaste and floss with the American Dental Association seal of approval, but we’re happy to make further recommendations for your specific concerns. Some of our patients deal with tooth sensitivity and/or dry mouth or are particularly interested in preventing cavities and tooth decay. We can help you make the changes necessary to address your unique needs

Dental Exams

We like to see our patients at least every six months at our Swanton, OH office. You may think of these appointments as just another cleaning that needs to be checked off the list. While thoroughly cleaning your teeth and gums is a must for a healthy mouth, our dentists also take this opportunity to fully examine your mouth. These dental exams are key to early prevention, detection and treatment of dental health issues. That’s why regular exams are just as important for children as they are for adults. Children can experience oral disease and decay just as adults can. Those issues could lead to problems in the future even while kids still have their baby teeth.

Gingivitis and Periodontal Therapy

Both gingivitis and periodontal disease are perfect examples of why our preventive dental services are so important. If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontal disease, which can be much more serious. Not only can periodontal disease lead to tooth loss, but studies have shown that periodontal disease can be linked to respiratory problems, diabetes and even heart disease. The same plaque that can build up on your teeth over time is the same plaque that builds up on your arteries, contributing to heart disease. A correlation can also be seen between periodontal disease and certain types of cancers. However, most cases of periodontal disease can be treated effectively with the right therapy. Our comprehensive dental team is experienced in diagnosing and treating periodontal disease at all stages using the latest technology available. Therapy for periodontal disease varies depending on the severity of the case; that’s why it’s so important to seek treatment early. Our team will take digital X-rays to determine the best course of action. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, we encourage you to make an appointment at our Swanton, OH office immediately:

  • Bleeding gums (especially when brushing or flossing)
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between gums and teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Change in your bite