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Routine Dental Care to Prevent Dental Problems
Routine preventive treatment might be the most important step you take for healthy dental care. You may not realize this, but medicine is changing and you are an important member of the treatment team. Therefore, your contributions like brushing and flossing are more important than ever.
So, what does preventive dental care mean?
Typically, preventive dental care includes the following:
- Eating a healthy and balanced diet
- Brushing your teeth at least once or twice daily
- Flossing at least once or twice daily
- Visiting the dentist at least once or twice daily
Who benefits the most from routine dental care?
Everyone does! Adults. infants, toddlers and children, adolescents and older adults all benefit from routine preventive dental care. Even if you don't have teeth, it is important to keep the gums healthy.
Tips to help with routine dental care
So, let us get more specific. What are some tips that will help you improve your dental care right now? Read on:
Schedule regular checkups
You should ideally schedule checkups every six months. During these checkups, your dentist will be performing a routine cleaning and looking for signs of cavities or tooth decay. They will also take X-rays yearly.
Use the right toothbrush
Most people should brush their teeth twice a day with a soft bristle toothbrush. Do not apply too much pressure, because it is easy to cut or scrape your gums and cause damage rather than brush away harmful bacteria. Harder does not equal cleaner!
Use the right amount of toothpaste
It is a common mistake to use too much toothpaste when brushing your teeth. This instinct actually comes from toothpaste commercials that show the application of a huge strip of toothpaste! So, it is a common mistake to cover a toothbrush in toothpaste when you really only need a pea-sized amount.
Eat a proper diet
It is also important to maintain a good diet. Eating too many simple sugars and carbohydrates is practically a buffet for bacteria that like to grow in your mouth. The more you feed them, the more they grow and the more damage they cause!
Avoid injuries and take proper care when they do happen
For serious injuries (missing teeth or bleeding injuries), report to the emergency department (ED) or a nearby urgent care clinic. Otherwise, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can. A poorly treated injury can lead to issues in the future, like infections.
See a dentist if you have a toothache
Use warm salt water rinse first, and if that does not help, you can talk with a pharmacist about over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication. See your dentist as soon as possible.
Preventative dental care is best achieved by you
While your dentist plays an important role in keeping your teeth healthy, they are not available to clean them every day! Follow the above steps for a happy and healthy smile. If you have any questions or need help finding a dentist, give our office a call and our friendly staff would be happy to help.
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