Preventative dentistry is key to maintaining a healthy smile, and helps avoid problems ranging from cavities to gum disease. In addition to regular dentist visits, there is a lot that can be done at home to protect your teeth. If you continuously follow proper oral hygiene habits from a young age, you can keep your smile strong and clean.
Brushing your teeth twice per day is the most important thing you can do to maintain peak dental health. You should use fluoride toothpaste with the seal of approval from the American Dental Association and replace your toothbrush at least four times per year. Your brush should be replaced at and between dentist visits, as the bristles start to fray and lose shape. While you’re brushing your teeth, you should also brush your tongue. This will remove plaque from your mouth, which will make your breath fresher without the extra bacteria. Flossing at least once per day can help remove any buildup between your teeth. At your next dentist appointment, ask for a demonstration so you know you are flossing correctly and getting everything out from between your teeth. This can help prevent cavities, gingivitis, enamel loss and gum disease.
Make sure you keep your dentist appointment. You should be seeing your dentist at least twice per year for a cleaning and to check for any issues developing in your mouth. If your dentist recommends a visit sooner, it is important to keep those appointments to prevent more extensive problems from forming. Early detection can mean the difference between a healthy smile and eventual tooth loss. Everyone can benefit from preventative dentistry because your dental health can affect your overall health, with ailments ranging from osteoporosis to heart and respiratory disease being linked to previous oral health problems.
Newton Dental Associates is a family and cosmetic dentistry practice with several specialties. Our top priority is patient comfort; no two patients are exactly alike, and we will personalize your treatment to your exact specifications. If you are looking for the best in dental care, please call us at 617-965-0060 or click here to request an appointment.