Preventative Dentistry

Taking care of your teeth and gums while practicing good oral hygiene is the core of preventative dentistry. You don’t just prevent cavities; you avoid gum disease, which can be even more destructive. Most practices for good gum and teeth health can be done at home.

The Three Best Practices for Healthy Teeth

  • Brush Your Teeth Daily
    Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Make sure to replace your toothbrush three or more times a year. Only use brushes with soft bristles, and always gently brush your tongue. Bacteria accumulate on the tongue and can help create plaque on the tooth surface. Plaque is an invisible sticky biofilm that’s a primary contributor to tooth decay.
  • Floss Daily
    Floss at least once a day and after every meal. Food particles get deep within teeth and can’t be reached with conventional brushing. If you have braces, use floss threaders.
  • Visit Your Dentist.
    See your dentist at Dental Wellness of Suffern at least once a year. Yearly exams catch problems before they get too far along. A yearly (or twice yearly) cleaning is the way to go.

Benefits of Preventative Dentistry

Preventive dentistry helps head off problems before they happen. Consider the following dental issues you can avoid with preventative dentistry.

  • cavities
  • gingivitis
  • enamel erosion

Preventative dentistry benefits everyone in your family. It’s great for children to get accustomed to going to the dentist for painless visits. That way, they don’t come to associate seeing their dentist with problems. Kids also benefit from preventative dentistry, as they some professional observation of their transition years from baby teeth to adult teeth. Preventing grown-up dental issues starts with baby teeth!

Overall health also benefits from preventative dentistry. The mouth breeds billions of harmful bacteria that can spread throughout the body. The heart, in particular, is harmed by oral bacteria, as well as people with artificial joints, compromised immune systems, diabetics, and many other chronic conditions.

If you have dental insurance, check with your plan administrator. Preventative dentistry is usually covered up to two visits a year.

Visit us at Dental Wellness of Suffern, NY, for all your preventative dentistry needs!

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