Simply speaking, preventative dentistry involves being mindful of good oral hygiene practices to promote optimal tooth and gum health. The goal of preventative dentistry is to help prevent serious issues such as gum disease and tooth decay from occurring at some point in the future. Conditions such as periodontal disease, for instance, can wreak havoc throughout the entire body. Fortunately, taking proper care of oral health goes a long way to ensure that gums and teeth remain healthy and robust. Following are three best practices for helping this happen.
Regular Brushing and Flossing
Optimal oral health begins at home with regular brushing and flossing. Use a brand of toothpaste that’s been approved by the American Dental Association and make sure that you replace your toothbrush as soon as the bristles begin to wear out and fray — usually about every three months. Flossing removes the bits of food debris that brushing fails to dislodge. An increasing number of patients prefer water flossing devices to traditional dental floss. As a final layer of protection, finish off your oral care routine by swishing around an antibacterial mouthwash.
Regular Cleanings and Exams
Scheduling regular cleanings by a skilled oral health professional is another essential component of preventive dental care. Those who are at low risk for developing dental issues can probably get away with having a comprehensive cleaning once per year, but if you’ve got problems such as gingivitis or a history of cavities and tooth decay, you should have a conversation with your dentist about increasing the frequency of your cleanings.
Your dentist will also perform a thorough exam during the appointment for your cleaning. You’ll be checked for signs of cavities, emerging tooth decay, the onset of gum disease, and other conditions that can affect your dental health.
Limit Sugar in Your Diet
Sugary foods and beverages probably won’t cause your teeth too much harm when enjoyed as an occasional treat, but if they’re a regular part of your diet, they may be negatively affecting your oral health. This is particularly true of candies meant to dissolve in your mouth and sugary sodas.
Please feel free to contact us for more information on preventative dental health measures.