Keeping your teeth, gums and other oral tissues clean and healthy is the best way to prevent cavities, gum disease and other problems in the mouth. Preventive dentistry is the most important way to maintain your oral health, whether you are young, old, have no major dental problems, or are undergoing orthodontic treatment such as braces or Invisalign.
Preventive Care at Home
The preventive care you practice at home is the most important care your mouth and teeth receive. The guidelines to brush your teeth after every meal and floss once a day might seem like a cliché, but they are also the best way to keep your mouth healthy.
Preventive care at home includes: brushing your teeth with an appropriate toothbrush. A toothbrush that is too soft will not stimulate your gums. One that is too stiff can abrade the surfaces of your teeth. Also, making sure to flossing properly, in which your dentist can demonstrate how to floss in a way that will ensure your gums and the space between teeth are kept as clean as possible. Mouthwashes and tongue cleaning are optional, but can be effective at reducing bad breath. Some mouthwashes also help kill bacteria. If you suffer from halitosis, ask your dentist about using one of these techniques for additional oral care.
Professional Dental Care
Visiting your dentist for regular exams is the second most important form of preventive care. Just as you should receive regular medical checkups, you should also receive regular dental checkups. During these appointments, you’ll have your teeth thoroughly cleaned, including removal of any buildup of plaque or tartar that could lead to extensive decay if left untreated. X-rays are performed periodically to find any problems with undetected decay, damage to the roots or jawbones, or hidden infection. You’ll also receive a screening for oral cancer. All these elements of your dental checkup will help find any problems before they become serious.
If you are due for a dental checkup or have any questions about preventive care, please contact our office in Surrey BC at 604-283-9076 to schedule your appointment today.