Preventive dentistry emphasizes the importance of ongoing hygiene procedures and daily practices to prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases and conditions. Effective preventive dentistry combines at-home oral care by patients with chair-side treatments and counseling by dental professionals.
Oral health is connected to the health of your body as a whole. This is because the mouth is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Maintaining a clean mouth benefits your overall health!
Best Practices For Preventive Dentistry
- Brush Your Teeth Daily:
The most important prevention technique is brushing at least twice a day (or after every meal) to remove dental plaque. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue. This will help remove bacteria from your mouth and also help freshen your breath. Additionally, consider replacing your toothbrush three to four times per year or as the bristles start to fray.
- Floss Daily:
Daily flossing is also recommended. Flossing helps to clean out the tight spaces between the teeth. If you have braces, you may need to use floss threaders to get between the metal brackets.
- Dental cleanings and screenings:
A dental cleaning (prophylaxis) is recommended every six months to remove dental plaque and stains you’re unable to remove yourself, as well as to check for signs of tooth decay. Are you due for a cleaning? Contact us to schedule your appointment today.
- Eat a Balanced Diet:
A balanced diet also helps to protect your teeth by providing them with the nutrients they need. Limit your sugar intake, including simple carbohydrates like white bread, and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Vitamins are important for oral health as well. Eating a varied diet will help you to get all of the vitamins you need to maintain a healthy smile.
- Mouth Guards:
Custom-made mouth guard prescribed by your dentist to provide a better fit – can be worn during sports activities to protect against broken teeth. Mouth guards also are used to treat teeth grinding (bruxism), which can wear down teeth and contribute to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. We offer three different types of custom-made mouth guards. Ask any one in our team for additional info. We are here to help!
- Sealants. Sealants are thin composite coatings placed on the chewing surfaces of back permanent teeth to protect them from tooth decay. This is a painless and quick procedure that can be done any time. Contact us if you have nay questions.
What Are the Benefits of Preventive Dentistry?
With good dental hygiene, you can greatly reduce your risk of getting cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental problems. This, in turn, can reduce your risk of secondary problems caused by poor oral health. Some health problems that may be linked to poor oral health are:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease