Preventative care can be extremely important for the health of your teeth. It involves both you and your dentist working together to care for your teeth, preventing potential dental health problems. Caring for your teeth is crucial. Decaying or damaged teeth cause a host of health problems, and can make it difficult and painful to eat or speak. Extensive tooth damage also requires expensive procedures to resolve them. To prevent serious problems with your teeth, it’s important that you both care for your teeth at home and stop by our offices for your regular cleaning and checkup.
Caring for your Teeth Properly
The first rule of preventive care is brushing and flossing regularly. Brushing and flossing daily can go a long way towards making sure your teeth are strong and healthy. Always make sure to use a fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association. These will be stronger and will clean your teeth more efficiently. It’s also generally wise to switch toothbrushes at least three times a year, whenever the bristles of your brush start to fray. If your brush has frayed bristles, it will not be as effective at cleaning your teeth and removing plaque from them. And that means even a thorough brushing might not keep your teeth clean. Flossing regularly will also clean out the tight spaces your brush can’t reach, preventing plaque buildup in those places.
Dental hygiene is extremely important, so make sure you teach your children to correctly care for their teeth at a young age. You don’t want them dealing with severe dental problems for the rest of their lives. Eating healthy and maintaining a balanced diet is also very helpful, giving your teeth and gums the vitamins and nutrients they need.
But it’s just as important to always come in for your regular checkup. That way, our staff can examine and clean your teeth thoroughly, getting rid of any buildup that has gotten past you. This will also allow us to find and treat problems early on before they’ve done much damage. Depending on your circumstances, we suggest that you come in for a regular checkup either once or twice a year.