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By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
May 10, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Preventive dentistry from your family dentist in Erie, PA, can save your smile.

Preventive dentistry services are one of the most important parts of dental care. That’s because preventive dentistry is designed to protect your smile from disease. When you protect the health of your smile, it also helps guard against serious diseases like diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, heart disease, and others.

Dr. Rosanne Palermo in Erie, PA, offers a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services, to save your smile.

Preventive care visits with your dentist should occur every 6 to 12 months. You will need x-rays at least every 12 months, or more often if you have dental issues or tooth pain. You should also visit your dental hygienist once every 6 to 12 months for professional cleaning, and more often if you have periodontal disease.

During your preventive dental care visit, your dentist will:

  • Perform a complete examination of your teeth, gums, and supporting bone
  • Perform a complete oral cancer screening of your cheeks, tongue, and other oral structures
  • Take any x-rays necessary in order to diagnose tooth decay, bone loss, or other dental problems
  • Check your gums and supporting bone for bleeding and periodontal pocketing
  • Develop a comprehensive treatment plan to promote and maintain your oral health

Your dental hygienist may also clean your teeth at your preventive care appointment. All soft deposits (plaque) and hard deposits (tartar) will be removed using hand and ultrasonic tools. 

Your dentist can also share the latest ways to keep your smile beautiful. Cosmetic dentistry offers many options from professional whitening to bonding or veneers.

To find out more about the importance of preventive dentistry and how it can save your smile, talk with an expert. contact Dr. Palermo in Erie, PA, at (814) 833-3001. Protect your smile by calling today!

By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
December 27, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Preventive dentistry is an important component to maintaining good oral health. It involves regular visits to your dentist for preventive care, preventative dentistrysuch as thorough cleanings. However, many people only visit the dentist when experiencing a problem, such as a toothache. In the long run, though, preventive dentistry helps you avoid oral health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Rosanne Palermo is your Erie, PA, family dentist for preventive dental care.

What is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry emphasizes maintaining good oral health in order to avoid developing problems down the road. A major component of preventive dentistry is scheduling regular dental visits that include a thorough oral exam and professional teeth cleaning. The cleanings help keep your teeth and gums healthy, while preventing problems from developing. Plan on scheduling appointments with your Erie family dentist approximately every six months as part of your preventive dentistry routine.

Improved Oral Health

When you make preventive dentistry a significant part of your dental care routine, you will experience improved oral health. While daily brushing and flossing at home are important steps to maintaining better oral health, dental professionals have the skills and equipment to perform more thorough cleanings than can be achieved on your own at home.

One specific area in which preventive dentistry is especially helpful is the removal of tartar buildup, which cannot be accomplished with brushing alone. Tartar buildup can only be removed with the proper tools and professional technique. If tartar buildup is not removed, gum disease can eventually develop and ultimately lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. Regular dental visits with professional cleanings are important for removing plaque and tartar buildup before gum disease and other problems set in.

There are many ways preventive dentistry can help you in the long run, from improved oral health to prevention and early detection of other diseases. To schedule a preventive dental appointment with Dr. Palermo, your Erie, PA family dentist, call the office at (814) 833-3001.