Do you still feel overwhelmed by trying to take care of your teeth? Do you feel like cavities are inevitable, or that your gums will always feel sensitive and inflamed, no matter what you do? Many people do not understand what is truly required to keep their teeth and gums healthy, particularly as they age. This can lead to ongoing dental problems, and eventually the loss of teeth. Fortunately, a preventive dentist is a great ally who can clean your teeth and also arm you with the knowledge that is needed to enjoy great oral health!
What Does Preventive Dental Care Entail?
- Many people assume flossing is similar to brushing, or not that important. However flossing is effective at removing bacteria and food that brushing leaves behind, making it a separate and equally important part of a dental hygiene routine.
- In addition to brushing your teeth in the morning and night, consider brushing your teeth after lunch as well, to limit how much time food particles and bacteria remain on the surface of your teeth. If you’re unable to brush your teeth midday, consider chewing sugar-free gum, which can help create plaque-fighting saliva, and improve your breath!
- Pay attention to your dental health. If you begin experiencing heightened sensitivity, this could be a warning sign of a cavity. Inflamed, red or bleeding gums? You could have the first stage of gum disease. Restorative treatment is likely necessary to improve your condition, and also to protect your smile.
- If it has been more than six months since your last dental checkup, be sure to schedule a checkup and cleaning as soon as possible. These appointments help remove plaque buildup that can cause a host of dental issues. So even if your smile seems healthy now, don’t neglect regular checkups.