Friday, March 5, 2010

Preventive Dentistry- The Priceless Way

Dear Readers and Patients,

I have always told my patients and friends that prevention is the most important thing in every aspect of our lives. It is the cheapest and at the same time the priceless way for all of us to avoid complications. Having more than twelve years of dental experience, I have come to a very sad conclusion.

Most people go to dental offices only when they have a strong persistent pain or when there is no way to escape their problem any more. Having reached this point, they overcome their apologies for lack of time and money or fear from the dental treatment, but unfortunately at this stage there are not many treatment options left to solve their problems.

But there are also such patients who visit the dental office for regular dental examinations. I am happy to say that most of my patients, after long discussions and counselling for prevention, become inspired and take responsibility for their dental health.

My goal has always been to protect my patients from complications related to teeth, gums, bite and, of course, their overall health. This is possible through daily dental hygiene and regular dental visits.

There are so many things in the oral cavity and facial area that can cause complications. Regular visits can help prevent complications so you can enjoy healthy teeth and a nice smile. Daily brushing of teeth is not enough. The lack of flossing will lead to cavities in the space between the teeth, called inter dental cavities.

Again, brushing and flossing are not enough when it comes to good oral hygiene. There are other important factors such as diet, frequency of eating and the type of beverages consumed.

Let's take the cavities for example. If they are detected and treated at an early stage, future complications can be avoided. Small cavities need small fillings, which means that most of the tooth substance is healthy and this will provide a longer tooth life. Regular cleaning by the dentist will remove plaque and tartar and lead to healthy gums and cavity protection. The intake of fluoride, minerals and other additives is also important for the prevention of dental complications. Even restoring a broken tooth is in itself a prevention of additional complications. A very important procedure for children is sealing their pits and fissures with a material called dental sealant, creating a smooth surface that is easy to clean. In addition, regular visits to your dentist help in early detection of diseases or formations in the maxillo-facial area and in the mouth.

I talk to my patients about all kinds of tooth problems that are not confined to teeth, such as diseases that affect the oral mucosa, soft and hard palate, lymph nodes, salivary glands, tongue and lips. Also there are Tempo-Mandibular disorders and tumors and if they are detected and treated early, the prognosis is very good.

My dear Readers and Patients, you must be aware that the health of your entire mouth is directly related to your overall health. This is very well expressed in the proverb:

”Healthy teeth, healthy body.”

Your health is your responsibility and it is in your hands. You owe it to yourself and your children, be interested in and practice prevention to create good dental habits.

I will quote Benjamin Franklin who says:

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

We- dentists work for your health. We can make your life more confident and happier. We can help you enjoy stronger teeth and a brilliant smile.

Don’t hesitate and call your dentist today.

Your truly,
Dr.Trenkova, DDM


  1. Great post, it was very helpful! My dentist has some more great tips on his website that are geared more towards teaching your children dental hygiene.

  2. Thank you for posting this. Sometimes people skip dental insurance when money is tight, and when people don’t have dental insurance they tend to skip routine cleanings. Unfortunately, this ends up costing them more later on. We provide helpful information about finding affordable dental insurance at


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