Proper Dental Care: An Ounce of Prevention
Work together with us to save your family money and time
We believe that most people can enjoy excellent oral health. Cavities are not inevitable, and dental disease can be completely controlled in most cases.
Preventative dentistry is focused on keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as possible, and it’s a central part of our dental practice. By working together towards prevention, we make a good team to defeat tooth decay and gingivitis - and the necessary restorative procedures they bring.
Our practice is dedicated to educating you, providing you instruction on proper care, and giving you the tools that you need for a healthy mouth. We want you to prevent a variety of systemic diseases that current research has shown to be associated with or triggered by poor dental health.
Successful prevention of dental problems includes:
- Brushing at least twice a day
- Flossing each day
- Using other home care aids as recommended by your dentist
- Visiting the dental office regularly for cleanings and treatment
- Having regular X-rays to check for issues invisible to the eyes
- Pursuing further treatment when your dentist advises it instead of delaying
In spite of your best efforts, maintaining good dental health can pose more of a challenge for some patients. Certain diseases, medication and medical treatments (such as radiation or chemotherapy) can affect your dental health. We view prevention of problems as a team effort and create a customized oral health program with you.
We tailor the frequency of visits to your needs. We may see a young and healthy person just twice a year. If you have active dental disease, we may see you every few weeks. Once the disease goes into remission and your mouth reaches a healthy balance point, you can then extend the time between visits.
By learning how to care for your own oral health, you can educate the rest of the family so they also enjoy excellent check-ups.
Here are some important tips for families to prevent cavities:
- Create good dental care habits. Care for teeth together with children at least until they are old enough to maintain brushing and flossing on their own. When you brush and floss with your children every day, they can watch and mimic what you do. While they are learning, you can keep a watchful eye on how they're doing and encourage them in areas they can improve.
- Encourage good eating choices. We know candy and soda cause teeth decay, but fruit juices can be equality problematic. Avoiding sweet treats and creating healthy eating habits will prevent tooth decay. Xylitol, a sugar substitute used in gum and mints, helps prevent decay by reducing the “bad bacteria” in your mouth.
- Keep the necessary tools on hand. Common tools for oral hygiene include appropriate toothbrushes (changed every few months as recommended), child-friendly anti-bacterial mouthwash or fluoride rinse, and dental floss. We can suggest products to help you.
We know from experience that the prevention of dental troubles saves you money and time in the dental chair. But it can also save your teeth and contribute to whole body health for your family.