Preventative dental care is a partnership between you and your dentist. Maintaining healthy teeth contributes to your health throughout your lifetime. At Brady Dental Group, we work with you to protect your oral health.
Good oral hygiene habits at home lay the foundation for preventative dental care. Regular brushing and flossing should be well-established routines that begin early in life. Combined with regular dental check-ups, you can ensure your teeth remain healthy for your lifetime. Preventative dental visits include regular oral exams and teeth cleaning about every six months. X-rays are also taken regularly to monitor the health of your teeth and jaw.
Healthy dental habits established early in life can reduce cavities, gum disease, and gingivitis. Using a soft bristled toothbrush, teeth should be brushed twice a day, usually morning and night. Your dentist can offer instructions for the proper way to brush your teeth to enhance the effectiveness of this routine. Flossing daily removes food stuck between teeth before it becomes plaque. After flossing, use mouthwash to rinse out the loosened food particles. Acidic foods, hard foods, and some types of candy can cause damage to tooth enamel or even break and chip teeth. Tobacco products can stain teeth and may lead to oral cancers. A mouth guard can protect teeth during sporting events. Dentists can provide mouth guards for those that may grind their teeth at night.
There are many benefits associated with preventative dental exams. The overall risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems becomes lower with regular dental visits. Good hygienic habits are often reinforced during dental exams. Poor habits can be reversed in order to promote dental health. Potential dental issues are identified early. Early detection can help minimize dental treatment and cost. Each exam allows the dentist to fully check the mouth, jaw, and neck to identify potential problems. Regular exams can also reduce dental problems attributed to chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, and eating disorders. Focusing on preventative dental care allows you to maintain healthy teeth and limits your overall dental costs.
Forming a strong partnership with the team at Brady Dental Group can lead to increasingly effective preventative care. Recommendations for toothpaste, rinse aids, or even flosses and toothpicks can positively enhance daily habits. Brady Dental Group works with you to create balanced care which contributes to your optimal health.