Remember when you were a child, and your parents made you brush every night and every morning? Do you also remember how you would just run your brush under the water and hope they didn't check your teeth? I think we all do. Many people are afraid of going to the dentist. Just the word brings images of needles, drills, and pain to mind. What most people don't understand, however, is that preventive dentistry can both minimize your visits to the dentist and make those annual visits more pleasant.
Preventive dentistry primarily consists of brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. This is nothing new. The rules for basic dental care have not changed in many years. Brush after every meal if possible or at least in the morning and before going to bed. Floss in the morning and at night to prevent food particles from causing halitosis, or bad breath, and cavities. Once you have brushed and flossed, gargle with mouthwash to remove any lasting bits of food.
Certain foods and beverages can cause dental damage, so you may consider a change in your diet preventive dentistry. Soft drinks and acidic foods can wear down tooth enamel, which often results in stains. Sugary drinks, from soda to milk, can cause cavities if left on the surface of your teeth. Beverages such as coffee and tea are also known to stain your teeth. Smoking can cause a yellowing of your teeth as well as halitosis, and should be avoided for many reasons. To keep your teeth as healthy as possible, brush, floss and gargle 2-3 times a day. Minimize eating highly acidic foods and drinking staining beverages. A healthy smile says so much about a person, and an unhealthy smile can.
A program of preventive dental care is the one of the most important service we provide. Prevention starts with regular cleanings to help control plaque and calculus, which cause tooth decay and periodontal disease.