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By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
September 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Prevent cavities and protect your smile by practicing preventive dental care every day.

If you are brushing and flossing every day then you are already practicing preventive dentistry. The goal of our Erie, PA, family dentist Dr. Rosanne Palermo is to make sure that every patient, from children to seniors, knows how to maintain healthy smiles. After all, preventive dentistry is crucial for supporting healthy teeth and gums. Here’s what preventive dentistry entails,

Visiting your dentist regularly

When was the last time you visited your Erie, PA, family dentist? If it’s been more than six months then you are already falling behind on practicing good preventive dentistry.

Everyone, no matter how healthy they think they are, can benefit from visiting the dentist twice a year. Even kids over 1-year-old have to follow this same rule. No one is too young or too old to get out of visiting their dentist for cleanings and checkups.

Brush at least twice a day

Okay, now be honest: How often do you brush your teeth? If you said twice a day then congratulations, you are already practicing one very important part of preventive dentistry. At the very least you should be brushing twice a day (once in the morning and again at night). If you have an electric toothbrush then chances are good it has a built-in timer that will turn off automatically once your 2-minute brushing is over. If you don’t, it's important that you are timing yourself and brushing for at least two minutes every time.

Floss once daily

Most people brush their teeth regularly, but a lot of people forget about the other important home oral care routine component--flossing. If you aren’t flossing every day then you are leaving a significant portion of your teeth and gums unclean. If you don’t remove food and plaque from between teeth this can lead to cavities and gum disease, so it’s crucial that you start picking up this habit and sticking with it every day if you want to maintain a healthy smile.

These are just the top components of preventive dentistry. Other forms of preventive dentistry include,

  • Wearing a mouthguard when you play contact sports to prevent dental injuries
  • Having your dentist place dental sealants on your child’s back teeth to seal out decay
  • Getting fluoride treatment from a dental professional if your child does not get enough fluoride from tap water or through brushing with fluoride toothpaste.

If you are looking for a family dentist here in Erie, PA, that can provide your family with comprehensive, customized and quality preventative dentistry then you've come to the right place. Call our office today at (814) 833-3001 to schedule your next cleaning.

By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
January 04, 2019

According to a Gallup poll, about a third of adults don’t bother seeing their family dentist as often as recommended (twice per year at minimum). Many patients only go to the dentist when there’s an urgent problem. Dr. Rosanne Palermo, a dentist in Erie, PA, encourages her patients to make time for visits, even when their teeth are feeling and looking fine. Learn about the importance of preventative dentistry and how preventative treatments can help you keep your smile whole and healthy.

What Is Preventative Dentistry?
As the often recited axiom goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That just means that taking care of your health while you’re healthy is so much more valuable than seeking treatment when there’s a problem. Preventive dentistry is focused on getting and keeping your teeth and gums clean, clear, and protected from bacteria. It helps you avoid all sorts of problems, including dental disease and orthodontic problems.

Importance of Preventative Dentistry
According to the CDC, approximately of 31 percent of American adults have some level of dental disease. Meanwhile, close to a half of American adults need treatment for mild to aggressive gum disease. Both of these issues can be avoided with the preventative dentistry procedures offered at Dr. Rosanne Palermo’s Erie, PA, family dentist office. The great thing about preventive treatments is that they usually only require a very short appointment and minimal discomfort for the patient.

Important Treatments
These are some of the most common preventative treatments that can help you maintain good oral and dental health for many years:

- A thorough dental cleaning and deep cleaning when needed (scaling).
- Fluoride and sealant treatments (mostly recommended for children).
- The placing of dental crowns for tooth protection.
- Orthodontics to prevent damage to the teeth that can be caused by uneven bite patterns.

Make an Appointment Today
Don’t wait until you’re having dental problems to call your family dentist for an appointment. Start with preventative treatments, like cleanings, exams, and X-rays. Call (814) 833-3001 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosanne Palermo at her office in Erie, PA.