Preventive dental care is an easy way to avoid serious dental problems. Brushing and flossing properly removes plaque from the teeth’s surface, as well as the spaces between teeth. This keeps decay from gaining a foothold. Regular cleanings and routine dental exams allow the dentist to identify problems and treat them immediately, removing the need for more extensive procedures later on. A healthy diet can also help keep teeth and gums in good shape.
The term preventative dentistry encompasses various dental procedures that include professional cleanings, oral screenings, sealant applications, and fluoride treatments. Our office has the most advanced dental technology, which enables us to care for your teeth in the most effective and efficient means possible. The goal of preventative dentistry is to do everything possible to prevent any issues that could compromise the integrity of your teeth and gums. Most dental issues such as cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease can be avoided when you come to us for routine check-ups and periodic maintenance.
As helpful as professional intervention is, much of your preventive dental care starts with you and your daily habits at home. Developing healthy dental habits early in life can help reduce cavities, gum disease, and gingivitis.
Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day—usually morning and night—using a soft bristled brush and a fluoride toothpaste. Your dentist can recommend the best toothbrush and toothpaste for you. They can also instruct you on how to properly brush. Floss daily to get food that’s stuck between teeth before it turns to plaque. Use a mouthwash to rinse out food particles after flossing. Avoid acidic foods that can harm tooth enamel. Be cautious with hard foods, like some candies, foods with bones, seeds, or pits that could damage or chip teeth. Don’t smoke or use tobacco products—these can lead to cancer and other dental problems. Use a mouth guard when participating in certain sports. If you grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist for a nighttime mouth guard to help reduce gum recession.
In addition to these daily habits, make sure to come in for regular oral exams, usually every 6 months. During a regular dental checkup, your dentist will perform an oral exam to check for signs of decay or gum disease, abnormal tooth wear, problems with alignment or mechanics, soft tissue diseases (such as oral cancers), and more. This exam is usually followed by a professional cleaning, along with sealant and fluoride application when appropriate, to ensure a clean, healthy, and protected mouth.
Professional teeth cleanings by Stasny Dental are an integral component of your preventative care routine. Not only is getting your teeth cleaned essential to remove plaque build-up, but getting your teeth cleaned regularly is also linked to a decreased risk of heart disease and stroke. Many medical conditions can be detected in the early stages by your dentist during a routine cleaning and checkup. In addition to overall health benefits, prophylaxis can brighten your smile by removing stains, freshen your breath, stop tooth loss, and prevent cavities! While it may seem like an unnecessary cost because your teeth stay relatively clean when you come twice a year, getting your teeth cleaned regularly will save you much more money in the long run by not allowing your oral health to get out of control and require costly procedures.
Contact us today to set up an appointment for a gentle teeth cleaning!