What is preventative dental care?
To us, preventative dental care is the maintenance of your overall health by maintaining a healthy mouth. There are two parts to preventative dental care:
- Routine brushing and flossing at home. Brushing twice a day, for 5 minutes at a time, and flossing once a day. This helps keep plaque and food off your teeth, so that both your teeth and gums stay healthy. Why is it important for your gums to stay healthy too? Because gum disease leads to loose teeth that can eventually fall out.
- Regular dental checkups and cleanings allow us to help you keep toxin-producing calculus (tartar) away and also spot problems when they are small. We often hear, “well I don’t feel anything, so it’s fine.” We’re here to help you see that when issues are small and easy to fix, they usually don’t hurt. By the time something hurts, what was once an easy fix has now turned into a much more costly and painful problem. Let us catch and treat dental diseases early on.
Friends & Family Dental Health believes preventative care is the best choice for dentistry.
Maintaining good health is better than allowing disease to develop and treating it afterwards. DON’T WAIT FOR AN ACHE!
Preventive Care for Kids:
Good habits start early. Parents can help their children by:
- Brushing and flossing daily to remove plaque until the children can clean their teeth well on their own.
- HAPPY VISITS to the dentist. You can introduce your child at age 2 for their first visit. They can have a ride in the chair, have their teeth counted and polished. Don’t worry moms and dads, if they’re not impressed, we will try again in 6 months. After all, it is a Happy Visit.
- If you have a concern before age 2, such as a toothache, or anything that looks like a cavity (a hole or dark spot) please contact us immediately.
- Limiting the number of snacks and drinks containing sugar or carbohydrates.
- Taking your child for a dental check-up and cleaning every 6 months.
- Providing mouthguards for sports.
- Modeling good dental health habits for your child by taking care of your own teeth and gums
Brushing your teeth removes plaque and food particles from the surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue. The best kind of toothbrush is rated as “extra-soft” to be most gentle to your enamel and dentin, and should be should be used for 5 minutes, twice a day. Electric toothbrushes can also be a good option, as it can cut down the time required from 5 minutes to 2 minutes. Ask your hygienist about the right type of electric toothbrush for you. All toothbrushes require replacement after 3 months.
Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line areas where your toothbrush can’t reach. Gum disease and cavities often start in these areas so it is important to clean them thoroughly once a day. Flossing becomes easier with practice. You will find that flossing takes only a minute. Your dental hygienist can review the technique and different options for flossing to help remove plaque. They can also review rinsing with saline and tea tree oil to improve gum health.