Your teeth are extremely important, and you need to treat them and your gums well each day if you want them to remain strong throughout your life. While issues, of course, arise for everyone, keeping your overall oral health in top condition can help to prevent decay, pain, and a plethora of other issues that can affect your daily life. Here at Dental by Design, we walk each of our patients through the basics of preventive dentistry.
Preventive dentistry focuses on the importance of regular oral hygiene practices which work to prevent tooth decay and oral diseases. The effectiveness of preventive dentistry comes from the combination of at-home daily oral care practices and in-office treatments and education. The starting place for this is the ADA recommended biannual checkups.
Coming into the dentist every six months ensures that the doctor is familiar with your current oral health so that if anything does change it is spotted right away, preventing any issues from becoming worse. By treating any concerns present right away, you save yourself pain, time, and money.
There are a number of things that both children and adults can do as a part of their preventive care. The most important is sticking to a regular, at-home oral hygiene routine. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once. The reason this is important is that you want to remove plaque, a film-like coating that can turn to tartar which can lead to tooth decay.
Additionally, it’ll be important to use fluoride toothpaste and come in for regular dental cleanings and screenings. Come to us for all your checkups, and we’ll be sure your teeth are in tip-top condition. We can also educate you about any treatments needed and assist children with developing healthy habits and by using sealants.
Your oral health is a part of your overall health. It’s important to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy because diseases in any of them can affect your eating, speaking, daily routine, and self-confidence. Particularly for young children, decay can affect growth and development.
When you employ preventive dentistry, you prevent several issues from occurring and save yourself time and money in the long run. Schedule a checkup with a dentist today.