Sometimes conventional wisdom gets it right: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That’s definitely the case when it comes to your teeth, so we want to talk to you a little bit about preventive dentistry.
What exactly is preventive oral care? It’s basically a fancy way of talking about taking care of your teeth well on a regular basis in order to keep big, bad (expensive) problems from developing. So the good news is, when it comes to your teeth, preventive care is pretty common sense. Here are the main things:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. See? You already knew that. And you probably already do it too. Good job!
- Floss every day. Yeah. We know. Easier said than done. But here’s the thing: most dentists would agree that flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth. You really shouldn’t neglect this important part of your oral care.
- Regular cleanings. Have your teeth cleaned once every six months to a year. For kids, it’s pretty important to have cleanings twice a year, but we’ll be honest with you: as an adult, if you take good care of your teeth (yes, the flossing part too) and if you have a good dental history, you can probably stretch your visits out a little longer than six months.
- Eat healthy food! If that seems a little non sequitur to you, just remember that a balanced diet provides the vitamins and minerals your whole body, including your teeth and gums, need to stay healthy. Staying away from sweets and a lot of snacking protects your teeth from being under constant acid attacks as well.
So that’s the scoop on preventive care for your teeth! If you haven’t had a professional cleaning for a while, call us and set up an appointment and get started on your new preventive care habits right away!