Preventative dentistry can be defined as the practice of caring for your teeth to prevent cavities, enamel wear, gum disease and many other risks to your oral health. While there are very many forms of preventative dentistry, by far the most effective is good hygiene. Good oral hygiene can be divided into three parts:
- Brushing your teeth daily
Brushing your teeth daily (at least twice) with fluoride toothpaste is one of the most basic forms of preventative dentistry but also the most effective. Daily brushing helps to get rid of plaque which when left on the teeth can be a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Flossing Daily
Flossing is one of the ways you can adequately clean the tight spaces between teeth where plaque and bacteria can collect. To be sure you are flossing correctly, ask your dentists for a demonstration during your next appointment.
- Visiting your dentist
A visit to the dentist at least once a year will supplement brushing and flossing. Firstly, your dentist will professionally clan your teeth to further eliminate plaque and tartar. Secondly regular check-ups are ideal to check for any oral health issues. Your dentist can then recommend solutions to these problems. It is recommended that you schedule a visit at least twice a year.
All of the above in combination with a balanced diet can go a long way in the prevention of oral health issues including periodontal disease.
Visit the Smile Family Dental Clinic in Douglasville for further tips on preventative dentistry.