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Preventive Dentistry:
Protecting Your Overall Health

What is oral health? 

Any aspect of care that involves your mouth is part of your oral health. While many think of this as simply the teeth and gums, your mouth is integrally connected with other body systems. Problems in your mouth can affect other conditions, just as issues elsewhere in the body may affect the health of your mouth. To combat this, our doctors offer preventative dentistry at their practice in San Antonio, TX.

Cavities remain the most common chronic disease for children, though the combination of oral hygiene and regular dental visits can usually prevent these issues. Effective oral health care is most successful as a preventive action, and maintaining good habits can ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth. 

What are the components of good oral health care? 

Knowing that your mouth doesn’t exist in isolation from the rest of your health is the first step. Pregnancy, heart disease, cancer treatments, and diabetes are just a few examples of conditions that may affect your oral health. It’s important to keep Dr. Shields and Dr. Perry informed of changes in your overall health, so that they can watch for associated dental issues. 

While oral hygiene isn’t the only aspect of dental health, it’s still vitally important to maintain good hygiene practices to keep your mouth in good shape. Plaque and tartar buildup are the enemies which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. 

A good dental hygiene plan includes, at minimum, brushing twice a day and using a fluoride toothpaste, even if your local water is fluoridated. Flossing once daily helps remove food and plaque caught between teeth. Adding an antibacterial mouth rinse to your oral hygiene routine adds another defense against oral health issues. 

What role does my dentist play in oral health care? 

While they treat problems resulting from poor oral health care, Dr. Shields and Dr. Perry prefer to assist in your preventive efforts rather than treating tooth damage that’s already occurred. 

Although the general rule for most people is dental cleanings and checkups twice a year, you may need a cleaning more often if you have other health issues that may impact your oral health. Talk to your River City Dental Solutions dentist about the best checkup schedule for your situation.

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Dr Perry is a great dentist. Very kind and informative. I feel like he is personally invested in my health. He always takes the time to sit and discuss any issues I'm having - I never feel like they're rushing me out.

-Channa B.