Are you committed to taking better care of your smile this year, but unsure what more can be done to prevent dental problems like cavities and gum disease? Many people think that brushing, alone, is enough to keep their smiles healthy. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Preventive dental care is not difficult, but it does require several steps be taken to keep both the teeth and gums healthy.
Hygiene Can Help Prevent Dental Problems
Dental hygiene is an important part of a preventive care routine. However, it should not be limited to toothbrushing. Daily flossing is another important part of a hygiene routine, because it helps to remove the food particles and bacteria that bristles cannot reach, namely between teeth. By simply flossing daily, most dentists agree patients can drastically reduce their chance of developing gum disease, a serious health condition which can affect more than just one’s oral health.
So after brushing, be sure to take a few extra minutes to gently and carefully floss between each of your teeth. If you’re unsure what proper technique entails, this video from the American Dental Association can help.
Regular Dental Checkups Are Crucial Care
Routine dental visits are another important way to protect one’s smile. That’s because only professional cleanings can remove plaque buildup once it has calcified onto the teeth’s surface. Prompt removal of plaque is the best way to prevent cavities from forming.
Though it is commonly believed that a person should visit the dentist once or twice a year, this timeframe can vary based on genetic factors, lifestyle, and other issues that might negatively impact one’s oral health. Some patients find they should actually visit the dentist three to four times a year in order to adequately prevent cavities, for instance.