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Safeguard Your Smile with Preventive Dentistry
Prevention is always favored over having to react to resolve a problem. This is very true when it comes to caring for your oral health. Your dentist has a variety of options to help you and your family members care for their teeth and gums.
Preventive Measures You Can Do
There are many things you can do to help preserve great dental health such as:
Brush daily – You need to use the correct tools and technique to maximize the benefits of this twice daily action. A soft bristle toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste are recommended. You should brush for two minutes employing a circular motion cleaning the front, top, and back of teeth.
Your dentist may recommend an electric toothbrush; you merely guide the brush head to reach all teeth and allow the rapid movement to do all the work. And most have a timer that signals when you’ve brushed the recommended two minutes.
Floss daily – Brushing only reaches two thirds of the surfaces of teeth; flossing daily removes food debris your toothbrush missed cleaning between teeth. And when performed correctly, gum tissue is invigorated helping to enhance oral health.
Diet Choices – What you eat and drink can have a huge impact on your oral health. Sugary treats and beverages can lead to dental decay.
Your Dentist Can Do Even More
There are treatment options available through your dental provider that are intended to offer additional safeguards such as:
Fluoride Treatments – If you drink tap water, you get some fluoride protection. But a topical fluoride treatment will provide a boost for protective dental enamel.
Dental Sealants – For molar teeth not already impacted by decay, sealants can be applied to the chewing surfaces providing added protection against cavity formation.
Regular Cleaning – Your dentist will recommend how often you should have your teeth cleaned; for most of us that is every six months. During this cleaning appointment, plaque that has formed since your previous visit is removed. Plaque build-up is the leading factor for dental decay and the onset of gum disease. Once plaque has hardened on teeth, only your dental provider can successfully remove it.
Dental Exam – This is important as a regular exam allows your dentist to catch problems before they have a chance to escalate into major repair; preventive dentistry can save your smile while also saving you time and money.
If it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Randy Parham today.
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