For years, dentists have been interested in prevention. That is why we have patients coming to see us 2-4 times a year. We are trying to help our patients prevent cavities and gum disease.
Who wants to have a tooth ache at 2am on a Friday night when most dental offices are closed for the weekend and who wants to be told that they may lose a tooth because they do not have the bone to support it anymore? But we also want to prevent our patients from other issues in the body such as elevated blood sugar levels in our diabetic patients, increased blood pressure in our patients with heart disease and more pain in our arthritic patients. When someone has inflamation or bleeding in their gums from gum (periodontal) disease, this increases inflammation in other parts of the body.