The Importance of Preventive Dentistry

Oral health is critical to the overall health of an individual. When issues are left unaddressed in the mouth, bacteria, infections and other illnesses can fester, grow and travel to other areas of the body. For instance, when left untreated gingivitis can lead to diabetes and other diseases. For this reason, it is imperative that individuals understand what preventative dentistry is and its importance.

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is comprised of dental habits that help to prevent decay and disease in the mouth. The main habits that individuals should incorporate in their oral health routine include:
  • brush twice daily
  • flossing daily
  • replacing the toothbrush on a regular basis
  • avoiding foods that cause tooth decay, or brushing immediately after
  • regular visits to the dentist


Along with affecting an individual’s general health, oral issues can impede upon an individual’s ability to eat or speak. Unsightly oral issues can also affect the person’s self-esteem, and extensive decay can stunt the growth or development of other teeth. Pain from decaying can be distracting and prevent children and adults from being able to focus. Proper preventive dentistry helps to avoid all those possible issues and promotes a healthy mouth and beautiful smile.


There are certain benefits that come with implementing preventative dentistry.
  • avoid other problems: Many untreated dental issues can lead to additional issues. Preventive dentistry helps to nip the initial problem in the bud and avoid any additional issues
  • Save money: Proper care helps to less the chance of needing a major dental procedure.
  • Save time: Along with money, major dental procedures take time to complete and recover. Preventive care eliminates such occurrences.
As you can see, preventative dentistry is quite important. Whether you are looking for preventative care or need assistance with tooth decay, Dr. Reed M. David would love to assist you. He and the rest of the knowledge team are ready to answer any of your questions and get you on your way to oral health. Contact the office today.