What Dentists Want you to Know About Dental Care

Dental care is an important part of supporting your oral and overall health. Taking care of your teeth seems simple, but when you take a step back, dental care is about so much more than brushing twice a day. So, what exactly is dental care, and where do you start? At My Community Dental Centers, we want to ensure you have the information you need to easily take the first steps toward bettering your dental health, now and for years to come.

What is Dental Care?

Dental care is the practice and maintenance of your overall health. This includes teeth, gums, tongue, and many other parts of your mouth. Dental care includes both the habits you practice at home in your daily routine, and the professional care you receive in a dental office. Dental professionals can provide routine checkups and examinations to ensure your oral health is on the right track, and can alert you to any concerning issues that may need extra care in the day-to-day at home.

What Types of Dental Care are Available?

Dental care is made up of multiple different services that are each designed to meet your individual oral health needs. These services can be broken down into three simple categories: preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental care.

Preventive Dental Care

Preventative dental care includes the day-to-day actions taken to maintain a healthy smile and prevent tooth decay or oral diseases. Preventative care can be started at home with healthy dental habits such as brushing your teeth, flossing, maintaining a healthy diet, and scheduling regular dental cleanings and oral exams. During these routine check-ups, your dental care provider will evaluate your at-home habits and explain how you can continue to take care of your teeth to achieve a lifelong healthy smile. 

Preventative dental care should begin early on in life, so children can begin to build healthy dental habits that will carry over into their oral health in adulthood. Learn more about Kindergarten Dental Screenings to ensure your child is healthy and ready for school, and schedule regular cleanings and oral exams to start their preventative dental care.

Restorative Dental Care

Restorative dental care is less routine, but is an important service when there is a present problem with your oral health. The need for restorative dental care can come from a variety of dental concerns, including fillings, crowns, tooth extractions, and root canals. Restorative dentistry is essential to improving your current dental health and ensuring your smile is healthy moving forward. If you’re experiencing an issue with your teeth or mouth, seek restorative dental care services immediately to receive the professional care you need.

Cosmetic Dental Care

Cosmetic dental care involves treatment that seeks to address the appearance of your smile. This can include small services or larger procedures such as dentures, bridges, teeth whitening, and teeth bonding. We understand that improving the appearance and structure of your smile can help you feel your best, and cosmetic dental services are a great way to boost that confidence to achieve a radiant smile.

Why is Dental Care important?

Dental care is important not only for your teeth and oral health, but your overall health as well. Keeping up with good dental hygiene can prevent future oral diseases, which are often linked to larger issues like heart disease – which is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Not only does dental care improve all aspects of your health, it improves your confidence and ability to put your best smile forward.

How Can You Receive Dental Care?

You can receive preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental care a number of different ways. If you have dental insurance, give your local dental provider a call to see which plans they accept before scheduling an appointment. If you’re unsure about your dental insurance, or if you don’t have any, we’re here to help. My Community Dental Centers is committed to providing uninsured patients with the care they need at an affordable cost. Explore our patient resources for more information on creating a dental plan that’s right for you.

Dental care is important at every stage, and we believe that your smile deserves to be pain-free, healthy, and comfortable. Our wide range of dental care services provide you with the support you need to start your dental health journey. Contact us to schedule your appointment and start working towards a healthy and happy smile.

Experiencing a dental emergency? Contact your local dental center as soon as possible. Learn about our Emergency Dental Care to efficiently execute your emergency plan.