Preventative dental care is one of the best ways to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Patients can take proactive measures such as scheduling routine teeth cleanings and practicing proper brushing techniques to prevent complex dental concerns. Learn more about preventive dental care to discover how you can promote healthy oral hygiene at Howard County Smiles Family Dentistry. General, restorative and cosmetic dentist Dr. Ray Becker utilizes the most modern dental technology to provide your whole family with experienced and compassionate dental care.
Frequent Dental Cleanings
The idea of spending the afternoon at the dentist office can cause dental anxiety for some patients. But regular dental cleanings can prevent chronic oral problems that may result in more extensive and expensive complex dental procedures. Routine cleanings can detect tooth decay before it could develop into a cavity or the need for a root canal. Cavities can cause teeth to decay to the point where removal of the tooth might be necessary. Gingivitis is another dental problem that causes serious side effects. The most common symptom of Gingivitis are receding or bleeding gums, which can cause teeth to shift and might require extensive care.
Proper Brushing Techniques
Practicing proper brushing techniques is an excellent way to prevent cavities. According to the American Dental Association, people should brush their teeth at least twice a day. However, many dentists may recommend brushing your teeth after every meal. Brushing your teeth properly helps remove food and plaque that could cause cavities. There are many toothpastes available on the market. While some people prefer toothpastes that prevent cavities, others choose toothpastes that whiten teeth. Ask Dr. Becker for recommendations for which tooth brushing products are right for your unique oral health concerns.
Effective Flossing Habits
Although proper brushing can help to prevent cavities, it’s also important to floss on a daily basis. Effective flossing can help remove plaque and buildup between the teeth that is difficult to reach with a toothbrush. Flossing can decrease the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Dr. Becker may recommend flossing your teeth at least once a day. It’s best to use 18 to 24 inches of dental floss every time you clean between your teeth. The proper way to floss your teeth includes using up and down, back and forth, and push and pull motions.
The Benefits of Mouthwash
Mouthwash is a popular way to prevent bad breath. There are other advantages of using this product. Using mouthwash before or after brushing your teeth can remove loose particles in the mouth. Although mouthwash can’t remove plaque buildup and cavities, it can prevent those problems from developing. It’s a good idea to use mouthwash both before and after brushing your teeth.
Schedule A Dental Consultation
Routine dental care helps people improve the health of their teeth and prevents serious oral health concerns. Routine dental cleanings lowers the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing your teeth properly, flossing effectively, and using mouthwash is an excellent way to promote oral health. Dr. Becker offers comprehensive oral exams. During your consultation Dr. Becker will discuss your oral health needs and listen your cosmetic and restorative dental concerns. At Howard County Smiles, Dr. Becker helps your whole family build healthy foundations for beautiful smiles for life.