Keeping your teeth healthy and maintaining them in this condition can be a challenge. Preventive dentistry helps in preventing your oral health from deteriorating. Prevention of oral health issues is better than seeking treatment. There are some measures you can take at home that entail preventive dental care, while others take place at your dentist's office. At Encinitas Periodontics & Dental Implants our dentist will offer quality preventive dental care for you and your family.
Preventive Dental Care At Home
Preventive dental care starts with you. It is normally instilled in us at an early age. If started at an early age, preventive dental care can be beneficial. However, if you have not been practicing it correctly, it is never too late. Start practicing preventive dental care, as your oral health is still vulnerable no matter your age. Here are the steps to follow for preventive dental care at home.
Brushing Your Teeth Twice a Day
Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles for brushing. Brush for at least two minutes, doing so in circular motions. You can adjust your toothbrush and brush at an angle of 45 degrees for the back teeth. Always use toothpaste with fluoride, that is approved by the American Dental Association.
It is hard to remove food debris between tight teeth spaces. Floss your teeth once a day to reach those places that your toothbrush won't reach during brushing. This helps prevent plaque from accumulating. If plaque is not removed on time, it will harden to tartar and cause gum infection.
Choose a Healthy Diet
Ensure that your meals are properly balanced for good oral health. Vitamins and minerals are also crucial for oral health. Take in a lot of water for hydration too. Sugar is not good for oral health so, limit your sugar intake.
Regular Dental Visits
Visiting your dentist at least twice a year for dental exams will keep oral issues at bay. These dental visits help detect problems early on for your dentist to tackle.
Proffesional Preventive Dental Care
This is done inside the dentist's office during your regular dental exam. Your dentist will conduct dental exams during these visits to check for any signs of oral health issues. This is done through x-rays and 3D scans. Professional dental cleaning is done to scale off tartar and plaque, ensuring the prevention of gum disease. Your dentist may conduct an oral cancer screening to check whether you have signs of cancer. If oral cancer is detected at an early stage, it will be easy to cure. To restore minerals on the surface of the teeth, fluoride treatment is done by the use of highly concentrated gel or varnish. The American Dental Association recommends you get a fluoride treatment. The number of times you get this treatment in a year will depend on your dental health. For children, preventive dental care will encourage them have a life of good dental health.
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Encinitas Periodontics & Dental Implants
Dr. Bembey and Dr. Yokoyama
477 North El Camino Real #C-306
Encinitas, CA 92024
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