Find out what goes into preventive dentistry and why it’s so important for a healthy mouth.
What does it take to keep your teeth and gums healthy? Well, actually not that much! Our Norwalk, OH, dentist Dr. George Trask is here to tell you simple, everyday measures you can take to prevent decay and gum disease from happening to you.
What is preventive dentistry?
Just as the name suggests, preventive dentistry is designed to provide you with the care your teeth and gums need to avoid certain problems such as cavities, gum disease, infection, damage or enamel erosion. Why wait for issues to surface when you can prevent them all together with simple everyday habits?
Here at Norwalk, OH, our general dentist Dr. Trask wants to make sure that everyone gets the routine cleanings and care they need to keep their mouths healthy. This means that everyone should come in every six months for exams and cleanings. If you haven’t come in for a while or if you have early signs of gum disease then you may need to come in more regularly.
Some preventive dentistry measures include:
- Brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes at a time
- Flossing daily
- Using ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste
- Using a medicated oral rinse (if applicable; good for those with dry mouth, gum disease or other dental issues)
- Visiting the dentist twice a year for checkups
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Wearing a mouthguard while playing sports
- Getting a custom nightguard if you grind your teeth at night
- Avoiding or limiting sugar intake
- Quitting or avoiding smoking and limiting alcohol consumption
All of these measures can impact your oral health. So, what are you doing to keep your teeth and gums free of issues? We hope your entire family is following all of these guidelines, but if you are falling flat then let us help you pick up the slack by providing you with the professional dental care you need to get your smile back on track.
After all, even the healthiest smiles need professional care. If you need to schedule a routine cleaning for you or a family member, call Monroeville Dental in Norwalk, OH, today. We work with your schedule to provide your whole family with the dentistry they need.