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Preventative Dental Care

What is Preventative Oral Care?

Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for one’s teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more.

There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and annual dental cleanings. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are clean, strong, and white. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age.

The most important part of preventive dentistry is to brush teeth daily with fluoride toothpaste. Most people should replace their toothbrushes three to four times a year or as the bristles start to fray.

Daily flossing is also recommended. Flossing helps to clean out the tight spaces between the teeth. People with braces may need to use floss threaders to get between the metal brackets.

Annual dental cleanings and exams allow dentists to identify problems and take care of them right away.

People should see their dentists at least once a year for an exam to check for any problems in the teeth or gums.

Eating a balanced diet also helps to protect the teeth by providing them with the nutrients they need.

What Does Preventative Dentistry Do?

Preventive dentistry prevents people from developing dental problems later on.Cavities, gingivitis, enamel loss, and periodontitis can all be avoided or mitigated with proper dental care.

Who Benefits from Preventive Dentistry?

Everyone benefits from preventive dentistry. Children in particular benefit because it allows their newly developing adult teeth to come in strong and healthy. Aging adults benefit from preventive dentistry because it helps them to keep their real teeth.

Oral health is connected to body health as a whole. This is because the mouth is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Maintaining a clean mouth benefits overall health.

How often should I see my dentist?

There are no clear guidelines stating how often a person should see the dentist. Some studies suggest once a year, others say every three or six months. Depending on your current dental health, your dental history, your risk factors for dental disease, and your personal preference, your dentist will recommend the frequency of visits that’s right for you.

What questions should I ask my dentist about routine dental care?

  • Which toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and/or other products do you recommend for my teeth?
  • Based on my dental history and current oral health condition, how many cleanings do you recommend I have each year, and why?
  • Am I at risk for any dental diseases? If so, why? What changes should I make in my routine dental care to help control this risk?