Preventative dentistry is where you work with your dentist on things you can and should be doing at home to try and prevent the worsening of an existing condition, and/or to prevent the onset of a condition.
To put it plainly, you want to prevent an issue from becoming, well, an issue.
There are four main things you should be doing at home each and every day to help maintain maximum oral health. If you aren’t doing these things, you don’t need a dentist to tell you that you should. So, start right now.
Step #1: Brushing
Brush at least two times every day with a fluoride toothpaste for at least 1 ½ minutes. Always brush your tongue, as well. This will help to remove excess bacteria while freshening your breath. Don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
Step #2: Flossing
You should floss before brushing to help the fluoride get between your teeth. You should also floss after each time you eat.
Step #3: Eat Healthy
Eating healthy ensures less sugars are introduced to your mouth doing damage. Vitamins and minerals also help to maintain oral health in a number of other ways. Remember, your teeth need nutrients to stay healthy and strong. Junk food deprives your teeth of these essentials.
Step #4: Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Visiting your dentist on a regular basis ensures your teeth are treated before an issue becomes severe. Your dentist will also help you to make sure you are taking the right steps at home to prevent cavities and gum disease.
If you don’t already have a family dentist, call us today to make an appointment. We’ll give you a full dental screening to discover any issues that may need to be addressed right away, and discuss treatment options with you.