Preventive Dentistry

In today’s hectic world, taking care of your health has never been more critical. As the gateway to your body, your oral health is closely related to your overall health and well-being.

Establishing a relationship with a dentist you trust is essential, and at Patrick Fields, DDS, we strive to build close bonds with all of our patients. This allows us to understand your unique health history so we can meet your ever-changing dental needs now and into the future.

Prevention Is the Key to Optimal Dental Health

Dr. Fields understands that through preventive dentistry, we can help you avoid many dental concerns like tooth decay, gum disease, and even oral cancer. Preventive dentistry can save you time, stress, and money in the long term.

By seeing you consistently every six months for preventive cleanings and checkups, Dr. Fields can detect many of these issues early on and give you the best opportunity to treat them as soon as possible with the least invasive procedures.

As an example, if Dr. Fields detects tooth decay in its early stages, he will likely recommend a dental filling to restore your tooth. A tooth filling is a simple procedure that removes the decay and repairs your tooth with a matching filling that doesn’t detract from your smile.

If you don’t get a filling to restore your tooth, or decay remains undiagnosed due to lack of preventive care, it will progress further into your tooth until it reaches the nerve. Once at the nerve, it will cause an abscess or tooth infection, along with severe pain or discomfort. At this point, you’ll now need root canal treatment to eliminate the infection and a crown to strengthen your tooth.

Being proactive about your preventive care appointment and getting your treatment done allows you to protect your smile with more comfortable and less costly treatment procedures.

Protect Your Gums and Your Overall Health

Gum disease is prevalent among American adults over the age of thirty. It is estimated that nearly half of adults have some form of gum disease.

Not only is gum disease the number one cause of tooth loss in adults, but it also impacts your overall health and well-being. This is because the bacteria that cause gum disease can travel through your bloodstream to other areas of your body where it can contribute to other concerns like:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Complications during pregnancy
  • Dementia

Protecting your dental health means that you are also protecting your overall health.

Contact Our Cabot Dental Team Today

Dr. Fields uses a risk-assessment based approach when diagnosing dental treatment. This means that he’s carefully considering your overall health and is very conservative in diagnosing the treatment that he feels will be safe for you and will also help you reach your smile goals.

If it’s time for your next preventive dental cleaning and checkup, contact our Cabot dental office today at (501) 941-2482 to schedule your next appointment.