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, flossing, 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.
Brushing teeth daily with fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) greatly helps reduce the incidence of cavities. Our office recommends brushing with an electric toothbrush, such as a Sonicare, for the most effective cleaning of your teeth.
Daily flossing is strongly recommended. Between your teeth is often where cavities occur. Flossing helps to clean out the tight spaces between the teeth where tooth brushing cannot. 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.