How Preventative Dental Care Affects You
For us at Legacy Hill Dentistry, preventative dental care is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth. It’s also one of the things that you have more control over than we do! We can’t follow you around and tap you on the shoulder to make sure you are brushing, flossing, eating a healthy diet, and seeing us every six months for scheduled cleanings and exams to help you avoid dental disease; all those things you should be doing to take care of your teeth and gums.
It’s the preventative care that will help your teeth over a lifetime more than anything else you can do. It should start as early as possible and never stop. You can remove plaque with twice daily brushing and flossing after meals which can also help you keep those teeth white for a perfect smile. The other really very important thing you can do is watch your intake of sugar and other refined carbohydrates. This not only helps your teeth and gums but also helps your entire body stay healthier.
Why Routine Exams
We understand that you are busy. Work, children, family time all come before your routine visits with your dentist. However, think about it this way, by getting routine dental exams and regular cleanings you might prevent a higher-cost treatment such as periodontal surgery, root canals, extractions or fillings. Knowing you might prevent these types of problems in your future should encourage you to make the time to schedule that appointment sooner rather than later. It’s detecting and preventing disease that keeps you from undergoing more serious treatments in the future.
For most patients, every six months is the goal. However, we do have some patients that can get away with once a year and others that should come in every three to four months. This all depends on certain criteria that we will discuss with you. It can range from the health of your teeth, natural good teeth and healthy habits to watching something that we might deem suspicious. It is up to you with the advice of the dentist you are seeing.
Basic Advice for Home
We get asked what we recommend for home care and we recommend the same things as the American Dental Association (ADA)
- Brush your teeth twice a day with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
- Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed.
- Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.
- Eat a balanced diet, and limit soft drinks and between-meal snacks.
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
Please make notes between visits of any questions or concerns you might have in regard to your dental health. It can be as simple as what type of toothbrush to use to something as serious and timely as discussing your risk factor for any dental disease. We are here to answer your questions and put you at ease so you will take the time to come see us. That’s the first step, so please do that today.