Preventative dentistry is the practice of caring for your 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, flossing and professional dental cleanings. To maintain optimal oral health, we recommend visits to the dentist at regular intervals. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are clean, strong, and white. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age.
Preventive dentistry prevents people from developing dental problems later on. If you use proper dental care, you can avoid or lessen the effects of these:
- enamel loss
Everyone benefits from preventive dentistry. Children, in particular, benefit because it allows their newly developing adult teeth to come in strong and healthy. Dental sealants and topical fluoride treatments help prevent decay in your children’s teeth. If you’re an aging adult, you can benefit from preventive dentistry because it helps you to keep your real teeth. Oral health is connected to the health of your body as a whole. Maintaining a clean mouth benefits your overall health.
Some of the things we recommend for healthy teeth include:
Brushing your teeth daily Daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste is very important for your teeth and gum health. Don’t forget to brush your tongue! This will remove bacteria from your mouth and freshen your breath as well.
Flossing daily This will clean the tight spaces between your teeth. If you have braces floss threaders may be helpful to get between the metal brackets. To get the most benefit out of flossing, you’ll want to make sure you’re flossing in the correct way. At your next dental appointment, ask your dentist for a quick flossing demonstration to make sure you’re getting the full benefit from using this tool.
Interdental Brushes (IDBs): Are an alternative to flossing that are suitable for many people. Interdental brushes have a small bristle brush that you use to clean in between your teeth. Interdental brushes are generally better for larger spaces between teeth, and may not be able to fit into tight gaps that floss can. Ask your dentist what cleaning method is best for you, and for tips on how to use interdental brushes.
Visit your dentist You should visit your dentist twice a year to check for any problems with your teeth and gums. If you’re at a high risk for dental problems, you’ll likely benefit from more frequent dental visits. If you’re at a low risk for dental problems, you may see the same benefits from only one cleaning per year. Dental cleanings and exams allow dentists to identify problems and take care of them right away. If you have dental insurance, find out what’s covered. Many insurance plans cover two preventive dental visits per year. We have Hicaps on-the-spot insurance claiming here at Collins Street Smiles, making it more convenient for you.
Eat a balanced diet Eating a balanced diet also helps to protect your teeth by providing them with the nutrients they need. Limit your sugar intake, including simple carbohydrates like white bread, and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Vitamins are important for oral health. Eating a varied diet will help you to get all of the vitamins you need to maintain a healthy smile.