At Tree City Family Dental, our dentist and team believe that prevention is key. Our practice is built upon the foundation of maintaining optimal oral health through regular cleanings, exams, and preventive care. If you want to receive a regular, professional dental cleaning, then visit Dr. Connaughton for preventive care in Boise, Idaho.

As its name suggests, preventive dentistry is intended to prevent dental problems and related health conditions before they start. The health of your mouth is vital to the health of your entire body. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, low birth weight, and other health problems. Preventive dentistry involves performing procedures on your teeth and gums that will prevent problems. This can range from daily brushing and flossing to regular dental cleanings to application of fluorides and sealants to the fabrication of athletic mouth guards or night guards that protect against grinding. Our goal is to allow our patients to keep their teeth for a lifetime . . . and if all goes well, never do anything more than routine cleanings. That can mean no fillings!

At a regular check-up, our dentist will search for signs of dental diseases (like cavities and gingivitis) and also search for risk factors that may lead to oral health problems. For example, a dry mouth puts you at higher risk of getting cavities. Additionally, dentists can also check for signs of oral cancer. Preventive dentistry has been shown to be essential to systemic health and wellness, with many scientific studies linking oral disease to several major systemic diseases. Conversely, oral health and preventive dentistry has also been identified as a vitally important component to improving overall health and reducing healthcare costs related to the management of patients with major systemic diseases. In a 2006 study by Aetna Health Care and Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine, over 145,000 patients being treated for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes saw that the improvement of oral health resulted in an average decrease of 21% in the healthcare costs related to the management of those diseases. A similar study was repeated in Japan with nearly identical findings. That translates into “hundreds of billions” of dollars in savings from the $2.2 trillion spent each year on U.S. healthcare, making preventive dentistry more important than ever!

To learn more about how we can help you keep your smile and your body healthy, please contact us today at Tree City Family Dental.