Preventive dentistry is the best way to avoid painful, expensive dental procedures as it stresses at-home dental care that will help prevent decay or disease. Preventive or at-home dental care is essential because it results in healthy teeth and gums throughout one’s life. Many at-home treatments can help prevent disease or decay, including brushing your teeth at least twice daily, flossing, and using mouthwash. However, it’s essential to know how to floss and brush properly.
Proper brushing techniques include using a soft, nylon toothbrush with round-ended bristles. Place the toothbrush at the gum line at a 45-degree angle to cover the tooth surface and the gum line. Move the brush in a small circular motion, gently brushing away any plaque or tartar from the tooth’s surface and the gum line. Patients should be sure to brush the insides and outsides of all teeth, including the hard to reach back teeth.
Lastly, visiting your dentist every six months will also help prevent serious dental issues, such as cavities or periodontal disease. Dental checkups and oral cancer screenings can catch things you may have missed during your at-home care routine. Checkups and cleanings cannot be substituted with at-home care, but together, the two will help ensure that your smile will stay healthy and will last a lifetime!
Preventative Dentistry in Children
Healthy smiles begin at infancy! Setting a high standard of oral hygiene early on in life will help your child develop healthy oral hygiene habits for life. Parents should begin brushing and flossing their children’s teeth when the first tooth emerges. When the child is old enough, parents should teach their children to brush and floss. Dr. Faiella may recommend the following treatments to keep your children’s growing smiles healthy.