Preventive dentistry involves taking action to prevent a condition from developing or worsening. Removing plaque from your teeth by brushing and flossing prevents plaque from hardening into tartar. Having your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis is one of the easiest ways of practicing preventive dentistry.
Our hygienist will recommend a schedule of appointments and a home care regimen designed to prevent the advance of gum disease and preserve your healthy smile for years to come. All aspects of dental care prescribed in our office are based in prevention.
The Preventive Program
Both natural teeth and teeth with restorations survive best in an oral environment that is clean and in which the intake of harmful foods is controlled. Our program is designed to help prevent new cavities, preserve teeth that have been restored and manage periodontal disease. During your initial visit, oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent recall visits.
The following are helpful recommendations:
- Brush your teeth twice a day in a circular motion with a soft-bristled toothbrush aimed at the gum.
- Floss every night in an up-and-down motion, while keeping the floss in a U-shape against the tooth surface.
- Avoid smoking.
- Avoid sticky, sugary foods.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Use antiseptic and fluoride rinses as directed.
- Have sealants placed on young permanent teeth.
- Visit the dentist regularly for exams and cleanings.