Preventative Dental Care

Preventative dental care ensures that our mouths are healthy and happy. This affects the rest of our body as any infection will cause an overall impact on your health. Choosing to maintain a schedule for regular preventive visits to the dentist, and keeping up with hygiene at home will be the best way to keep your mouth healthy for a lifetime. Also, think about the cost and hassle involved if you need reconstructive procedures done in the future. You don’t want to go through that if you can avoid it! Prevention is the key!

Benefits

There are programs that you can sign up for to ensure you visit your dental professional often. This will allow the dentist to check up on your health. It is sad to say that we have been known to have better maintenance plans for our automobiles than our mouths. If we chose to put that much attention into our oral hygiene, then our mouth would be as smooth running as a brand new engine.

Who

From babies to the elderly, everyone needs to take proper care of their teeth. Periodontal disease does not discriminate based on age, so everyone should take care to prevent it from occurring.

Types

First thing every morning, your mouth and teeth need preventive care. Everyone should brush their teeth a minimum of twice a day and remember to brush right before bed. Plaque is soft and sticky, but it can be removed by effective and thorough brushing. If it is not removed, it will harden into tartar. Food stuck between your teeth is the perfect place for bacteria to take hold overnight, so remember to floss before bed to remove food debris. Also be sure to make dental appointments at least twice a year. This will allow a professional to help you get rid of the tartar you weren’t able to eliminate yourself.

Recommendations

Brush your teeth 2 times a day at the very least. An oral cancer exam should be performed by your dentist when you go in for a visit. This can be done with x-rays and a visual exam by a great team like the one at Live Better Health Center. They will also check out your gums to ensure no silent infections have begun. Any fillings and restorative procedures you may have had should be inspected. Also tell the staff if you think you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep, or if you notice headaches in the morning, as they can be a sign that you clench your jaw due to stress.

Take care of your teeth on a regular basis to prevent costly and time consuming procedures.

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