At Mayberry Dental, we don’t just aim to treat dental issues; we also want to help patients maintain their overall oral and dental health before issues arise. With preventive dental therapy, we can assist you in caring for your teeth so that you can avoid cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, enamel wear, and other dental troubles.
Additionally, good dental hygiene can greatly reduce your risk of secondary problems caused by poor oral health, such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and more.
What are Some Preventive Dental Care Basics?
These are some practices that you should do to have healthy teeth and gums.
- Brush Your Teeth Twice Daily – This is the most important part of preventive dentistry. Don’t scrub, instead brush gently, using a toothbrush that has soft bristles. Brush your teeth before you go to bed every night so that you remove the remaining food and drink from your teeth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue also; this removes even more bacteria from your mouth and helps freshen your breath. Brush when you wake up.
- Floss Everyday – Flossing is the only way to remove the dental film between your teeth. It cleans out the spaces that your toothbrush just can’t reach. It is recommended that you floss at least once a day.
- Eat a Balanced Diet – What you put in your mouth can affect the health of your teeth and gums. When you eat healthily, you also keep your teeth in tip-top shape. Avoid sugary food, hard food, sticky food, and citrus fruits, as well as starchy snacks. Limit the amount of alcohol that you consume.
- Replace Your Toothbrush Every Three Months – Toothbrush bristles become worn out by the third month. This makes them less efficient at removing bacteria from your mouth.
- Use Fluoride Toothpaste – Make sure that your toothpaste is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Even just a pea-sized amount of toothpaste will do.
What are Some Preventive Dental Services to Consider?
It is recommended that you visit your dentist at least once per year so that they can check up on the state of your teeth, gums, and overall mouth health. Typical preventive dental work consists of the following:
- Fluoride Treatment
- Routine Oral Exam and Check-Up
- Sealant, as necessary
- X-Rays, as necessary
When Should I Seek Preventive Dental Treatment?
When you see your dentist as soon as you experience symptoms, you can prevent further damage to your teeth or gums. You should contact your dentist if you:
- Experience pain or swelling in your mouth, face, or neck
- Feel pain when you eat or drink hot or cold items
- Have bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth that you can’t get rid of
- Have difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Have gums that are swollen or that bleed when you brush or floss
- Have mouth sores that won’t heal
It is important to note that, even if you don’t have any symptoms, you should still visit your dentist regularly. This will prevent many dental problems later on.
With preventive dentistry from Mayberry Dental, we can identify and prevent dental problems before they arise and become worse. You can be sure that we will help you every step of the way.