PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY MAINTAINS ORAL HEALTH
Who can benefit from preventative dentistry?
Absolutely anyone can reap the benefits of preventative dentistry as it can help to reduce the likelihood of discomfort, pain, and associated symptoms. Children, in particular, will benefit from a thorough, robust oral health care regime as it can assist their new adult teeth in coming through extremely strong and healthy.
Oral health is also intrinsically linked to the rest of your body. This is because your mouth is warm and moist – a perfect breeding ground for bacteria to multiply and spread. By maintaining a mouth free of disease, your overall wellness will benefit.
Steps for preventative dentistry
There are a number of things that you can do to help preserve the health of your teeth.
Regular visits to your dentist are the absolute best thing you can do in terms of preventative dentistry. Our team at Vero Dental Spa are the best representatives able to provide a thorough examination of your teeth, which may highlight any potential problem areas before they develop – for example, perhaps a certain area requires extra attention while cleaning, or maybe you are grinding your teeth at night.
Your dentist is also able to take x-rays of your teeth, which are also a useful tool for detecting any problem areas before they begin to hurt.
You should see your dentist at least twice a year, but if you are at a higher risk of developing dental problems (because of your habits, food choices, lifestyle, etc.) then multiple visits for a professional clean and check-up would be extremely beneficial. Most dental insurance plans cover up to two preventative dental visits per year, so check your insurance and book your appointment!
Thorough oral care routine
It is just as important to stick to an oral care routine. Brushing your teeth after meals with a fluoride toothpaste recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) should be part of your daily routine. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, and to floss once a day to remove all of the tiny particles of food and bacteria that get stuck between your teeth. If you need a demonstration of the best flossing techniques, speak to your dentist who will be happy to advise you.
Many people forget that replacing your toothbrush when the bristles start to fray is vitally important. You should change your toothbrush 3-4 times each year to ensure that you are brushing your teeth with equipment that is in peak condition.
Eat a balanced diet and watch your sugar intake!
Eating a balanced diet will help to provide all of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that you need to keep your teeth healthy and strong. However, you should also watch your sugar intake as too much can begin to damage your teeth, causing decay and further problems. There are hidden sugars in many foods including simple carbohydrates such as white bread, and in fruit juices. Try and choose wholegrain bread and cereals, and drink plenty of water each day.
These are just some of the biggest preventative dentistry tips that we can share with you. If you would like further advice on how to look after your mouth, teeth, and gums, call Vero Dental Spa and we will be happy to support and guide you.