The Importance of Preventative Dental Care

Preventive dentistry is the foundation of Dr. Blaylock’s dental practice and the key to lifelong oral health. Our office recommends that you receive preventative dental care once every six months. As your trusted dentist in Durham, NC, we want to remind you of the importance of scheduling your preventative care appointments. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Dental Concerns Only Get Worse Over Time

Unlike some basic health concerns which might go away on their own, dental concerns do not. Things like cavities and gum inflammation can quickly progress to a tooth infection or gum disease if not treated in a timely manner. Preventative dental care appointments help us catch small issues before they become major dental concerns. We know our patients would much prefer us to be able to treat their dental concerns with conservative dental cleanings rather than having to schedule more invasive and costly dental procedures. This is why we recommend staying on top of your dental cleaning schedule and ensuring that you visit our office once every six months. During these appointments, our team will evaluate the current health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone and offer insight on how to maintain your dental health over time.

Your Dental Health Affects Your Overall Health

Studies have linked poor oral hygiene to a variety of health complications. This is because your mouth is an entryway to both your digestive and respiratory systems. If your teeth surfaces are carrying around too much harmful bacteria, this can easily make its way inside your body and affect your overall health. If you aren’t practicing a strict oral hygiene routine at home, plaque and tartar can build up around your gum line. Plaque and tartar are sticky and stubborn sources of bad bacteria in your mouth. This type of residue can only be removed by a professional dentist. By scheduling a dental cleaning, you can rest assured that our team will remove all plaque and tartar from your gum line to prevent infection and disease.

Patient Safety is Our Priority

During these uncertain times, we want our patients to know that we prioritize their safety. Dr. Brent Blaylock has been serving the families of Durham, NC and surrounding areas for over 30 years. He provides individualized and comprehensive general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, our office practiced very strict health and safety guidelines. Our team is doing everything we can to ensure that our patients can receive their necessary preventative care appointments while also maintaining their overall health. If you have questions about our health and safety protocols, please feel free to contact us before scheduling an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.


3206 Old Chapel Hill Road
Suite 300
Durham, NC 27707

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Monday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Friday: Closed