The goal with preventive care is to make sure you avoid problems with your oral health, rather than wait for problems to occur before taking action. Inhibiting the development of issues like cavities and gum disease is surprisingly easy – that is, as long as you know how to best care for your smile. Do you feel somewhat overwhelmed by the thought of fully committing to keeping your oral health in optimal condition? Don’t worry: You will be happy to learn that with just a few helpful guidelines, you can maintain a healthy smile that feels good and looks beautiful.
#1: Brush … And Brush Again
You will need to brush your teeth to remove the plaque that leads to problems like gingivitis and tooth decay. Effective preventive care only requires you to brush your smile two times a day – preferably in the morning and again before you go to sleep. If you skip your brushing sessions, the plaque on your teeth may harden into a substance commonly compared to cement, called tartar. As these bacteria-rich substances build up, they eat away at your teeth and irritate your gums.
#2: Floss Every Single Day
Just as it’s important you brush consistently for effective preventive care, it is equally important that you floss. True, you remove a good portion of plaque and food particles from your smile with your brushing but you cannot remove it all. The bristles of your toothbrush cannot remove plaque that adheres to the tissue between teeth (or the attached tooth surfaces just beneath your gumline). Flossing removes plaque and debris for even more protection against oral health problems.
#3: See Us Consistently
Schedule your preventive care visit with us two times a year – every six months – to make the most of your efforts.
ABOUT YOUR AUSTIN, MN, DENTIST:
Our team offers our patients and their family access to comprehensive dental care, including general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. To schedule an appointment with the Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic, contact our Austin, MN dental office today by calling 507-437-6312. Our office welcomes patients from Austin, MN and surrounding communities.