Preventive dentistry focuses on keeping your teeth and gums healthy by developing healthy habits and regular dental visits. Preventive dentistry address any problems as they come up and gives you a proactive approach to your oral health. Instead of waiting for problems to arise, your doctor can monitor your oral health and catch any problems before they become large painful ones. It is important for children to develop a habit of visiting the dentist regularly so they can have healthy teeth and gums for life.
At Home Care
Preventive dentistry starts at home. Regular brushing and flossing at home is the first line of defense against tooth decay and gum disease. You can start early by using a very soft small toothbrush to massage your baby’s gums. This gets them used to the toothbrush and promotes healthy circulation. As they get older take the time to teach them proper brushing and flossing.
You should brush and floss in the morning and before bed. Ideally you should also brush and floss after each meal, too. Your doctor may also recommend a fluoride rinse for your child to use daily to promote strong enamel on their temporary and developing permanent teeth.
Regular Preventive Dental Visits
Dr. Loving recommends coming in every six months for regular dental checkups and cleanings. Professional cleanings remove the plaque and tartar under the gum line. Bacteria in your mouth form sticky plaque which sticks to the teeth and secretes acid. The acid erodes the teeth and leads to cavities and gum disease. Tartar is hardened plaque and contributes to gum disease and periodontal disease. Even with faithful brushing and flossing, you can’t remove the plaque and tartar which forms under the gum line, this is one reason why a professional cleaning is so important.
At a preventive dental visit your doctor will talk to about your overall health and review any medications you take. She will examine your mouth and may take x-rays. If she spots any problems, they can be addressed early and treated before they become painful and expensive. By visiting the dentist regularly your doctor can also monitor your child’s oral health and development of their temporary and permanent teeth.
Preventive dentistry is an important part of your overall health. When your teeth and gums are healthy you have more confidence and a better smile. Call or contact our office today and set up a schedule of preventive dentistry visits today.