Why Preventive Dentistry?
The care and health of your teeth and gums is a partnership between you and your dentist. Preventive dentistry stresses the importance of your ongoing daily hygiene practices to prevent tooth decay and other conditions such as gingivitis. By partnering with your dental practice’s team of dentists, hygienists and clinicians, you supplement your at-home oral care with professional review and proactive identification and treatment of any impending issues that could impact your oral health. When you work together with your dental practice, you are well on your way to a great, healthy smile!
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a minimum of two (2) dental checkups annually (every six months for most people unless they have unusual issues arise) for professional cleaning and management of any developing conditions. By following the ADA’s simple recommendation, you stand a better chance of avoiding expensive dental disease treatments and protect your smile.
Preventive Dentistry in Action
Preventive oral care strategies for children and adults alike include both in-office and at-home activities, including:
A Regular Oral Hygiene Regimen – this includes brushing and flossing after every meal (twice a day at a minimum) to remove plaque that can cause problems by creating tartar on your teeth that produces acidic bacteria leading to both tooth decay and even gum disease.
A Healthy Diet – A healthy, balanced diet is important for your dental health. Avoid foods high in sugar and simple carbohydrates that, when left on your teeth, produce dental plaque. Be sure your diet includes plenty of calcium, which is great for not just your teeth but your bones as well. Drinking alcohol, coffee and colored sodas can also adversely affect your oral health.
Routine Office Visits Every six months, it is recommended that you have a thorough dental cleaning (prophylaxis) to remove plaque and stains from your teeth that you’re unable to remove with your regular at-home oral hygiene regimen. A semi-annual visit to the dentist also offers you the opportunity to have your dentist examine your teeth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease or other oral health issues. As with most health issues, early detection of potential problems can save you time and money, not to mention your beautiful smile.
Avoid Tobacco – Smoking cigarettes or cigars and chewing tobacco can not only lead to tooth discoloration and dry mouth, but also gum disease, tooth loss and in serious cases, oral cancer. Don’t risk your oral health! Avoid these activities and be good to your smile!
If you have questions about your oral health or your visit to our office, click here for the answers to some of the more commonly asked questions we hear from our patients!