The Value of Preventive Oral Health Care

A post by Dr. Steve Kennedy

Understanding the value of preventive oral health care can have a huge impact on your overall health. It goes beyond just a healthy smile.  It is important to create and maintain preventive oral health habits early in life. Early intervention during the childhood and adolescent years are important! Bad oral health can have a lot of implications for your overall well-being. This is why I love being a dentist. I love to educate my patients on preventive oral health care while continuing to prevent future problems.

Did you know that 1 in 4 adults have untreated tooth decay? And, 28% adults in Texas feel embarrassed and avoid smiling due to oral health.  It doesn’t have to be this way! Tooth decay is preventable. Yet, it is still the leading chronic disease in adults and children. This is why I focus on the value of preventive care. When an issue starts to occur, many people ignore the signs and symptoms. As a result, they avoid going to the dentist or getting care. By doing this, they are taking the chance of things getting worse by not understanding there are costs associated with delaying care or treatment.

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Many people don’t understand the financial and social costs associated with poor oral health. Poor oral health can diminish your overall health and well-being, as well as your quality of life. That is why the value of preventive care is so important to me. Poor oral health can alter your appearance, affect your speech, have an impact on your diet and nutrition, as well as take a bearing on your self-esteem, social interaction, education, career achievement, and emotional state. I want to help prevent future oral health issues and improve your oral health. I want to make sure you live your best life, starting with your smile. And, part of that is by being informed.

Preventive oral health care is more than just preventing cavities. I want to educate my patients about periodontal disease, the positive impact that fluoride can have on your teeth, how foods, vitamins, and water can improve your oral health, the proper way to brush and floss, which toothbrush is best for you, how crowns, bridges, and dental implants can improve your smile, plus more!

If you are concerned with your oral health in Waco, Texas, call and make an appointment with me. I never want my patients to feel embarrassed or hide their smile. I strive to relieve dental pain in my patients and improve their self-confidence through repairing their overall oral health. Make an appointment with me today!

About Dr. Steve Kennedy:

Dr. Kennedy has his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from Roseman University of Health Sciences in South Jordan, Utah. He joined Acre Wood Dental in Waco, Texas in March of 2018. He has a certificate in Invisalign and focuses on Preventive Care. Call and make an appointment with him today!”

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