D E N T I S T R Y
Caring for your teeth on a daily basis by brushing, flossing and eating healthy foods is the essence of preventative dentistry. When you make oral hygiene a priority, you can avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear and excessive plaque buildup. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends regular visits to the dentist twice a year to help you maintain excellent oral health.
When you practice preventative oral health care at home, your dentist will notice! Here are a few ways to maintain good oral health at home between visits:
- Brush your teeth twice a day and especially at night
- Flossing is as important as brushing – floss daily
- Drink more water – helps to neutralize acid levels in your mouth between brushing
- Try mouthwash – helps to clean hard-to-brush areas in and around gums
- Limit sugary foods
- Visit your dentist twice a year to help identify any dental problems early
Everyone benefits from practicing good oral hygiene routines at home. Children can especially benefit from forming good brushing and flossing habits, which can reduce cavities and create a healthy environment for newly forming adult teeth. Preventative dentistry can help you avoid or lessen the occurence of:
- Enamel wear and enamel demineralization
Maintaining your best oral health will directly benefit your overall health.