What is Dental Preventive Care?

Posted on: May 19, 2018

Dental preventative care can end up saving huge amounts of money. It is a lot cheaper to take proper care of your teeth than to pay for restorative treatments. The practice of keeping your gums and teeth healthy is known as preventative dentistry. It is the most effective ways to keep dental diseases like tooth decay and gingivitis at bay.

Here is a look at 5 preventative dental care tips that will help keep your teeth in tip-top condition:

1. Brush twice daily

Brushing your teeth regularly is one of the best things you can do for your oral health. It helps to remove plaque and food particles that have accumulated on your teeth. If this plaque remains on your teeth for prolonged periods of time, it eventually hardens and turns into tartar. Tartar gives your teeth a yellow tint and facilitates tooth decay.

Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice every day. Make sure one of those times is right before you go to bed since your teeth are more susceptible to decay when you're asleep since your mouth produces less saliva. Make sure you do not neglect your tongue when you brush, it is a haven for acid-producing bacteria.

2. Floss once a day

Brushing is great for your oral health, but a toothbrush cannot reach many of the tight spaces and crevices in your mouth. That is where dental floss comes in. These can be used to clean hard-to-reach places in your mouth. That will help to remove food particles and plaque from these areas before it turns into tartar.

3. Use an antibacterial mouthwash

Even dental floss cannot reach all the tight spaces in your mouth. That is why a quality mouthwash should be part of your daily oral care routine. Rinsing your mouth with mouthwash will help you remove plaque and food particles from the spaces that even floss cannot reach.

A good antibacterial mouthwash will also reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth, which makes your teeth less prone to tooth decay and freshens your breath.

4. Eat a nutritious diet

Make sure you are getting all the essential nutrients and minerals your teeth need from your diet or take supplements. Your teeth need lots of calcium and fluoride in particular so eat lots of dairy products and green leafy products. Wash them down with fluoridated water when you can.

5. Visit your dentist at least twice a year

Regular visits to the dentist's office are an important part of preventative dental care. During your visits, your dentist will perform a full examination of your mouth and perform a professional cleaning. The examination ensures that any developing issues are detected in their early stages, while the dental cleaning removes harmful tartar – which cannot be removed by brushing or flossing.

These are only a handful of preventative dental care tips. Contact our Vista dental office to learn more about keeping oral issues at bay by taking proper care of your mouth.

For more oral hygiene tips or to schedule an appointment with El Camino Dental Arts, request an appointment in our Vista dental office here: https://www.elcaminodentalarts.com. Or call us at (760) 692-1065.


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