Preventive dentistry is the process of taking care of the mouth, teeth, and gums to ensure health and avoid problems.
A big part of preventive care is done at home. The single most important thing for you to do is to brush your teeth at least twice daily with an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste. Flossing every day to make sure the spaces between teeth are clean and gums are healthy is also critical.
Eat a healthy diet for teeth to be protected. Stick to nutritious foods and avoid excessive sweets. Brush your teeth after eating whenever possible to remove debris that can cause cavities.
Twice yearly visits to the dentist for professional cleanings and checkups make sure that your mouth is on track and there aren’t any problems lurking where you cannot see them.
Proper preventive care can help with more than just a healthy mouth. Serious illnesses have been linked to poor oral hygiene. Bacteria build-up in the mouth can lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, immune disorders, and eating disorders. Why take the risk?
Protect your teeth, gums, and overall health by practicing good oral hygiene… and replace that toothbrush every few months when the bristles are frayed!