Prevention treatment includes the efforts of the patient and the dentist to maintain good dental health and prevent the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. It starts at home by maintaining good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued at the dental office by the efforts of the dentist and staff to promote and restore good oral health as they perform regular check-ups, cleanings, and X-rays. Prevention is the best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums and avoid costly dental procedures.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
Brushing - Brushing is a common oral hygiene practice, yet many people don\'t do it correctly. Dentists recommend you brush at least twice a day and after meals. After eating, sugars and carbohydrates from food left on teeth combine with the bacteria in your mouth. This produces acids that attack your teeth, leaving you susceptible to tooth decay. A good tooth cleaning after eating will help remove dental plaque bacteria and reduce your chances of getting dental cavities.
Flossing - No matter how well you brush, there are some areas you just won\'t be able to reach. Flossing removes dental plaque that\'s hiding in between teeth. Learn how to floss properly with these tips: Start by holding the floss securely with each hand, and ease the floss between teeth. Gently rub the floss up and down, and curve it towards each tooth to cover more surface area. Once you reach the top, slide it under your gum line to remove plaque from beneath the gums. And be sure to use a fresh section of floss for each tooth -- you don\'t want to put food particles and bacteria back in your mouth!
Mouthwash - Antibacterial mouthwashes can also remove the bacteria that cause dental plaque. This helps prevent gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Like fluoride toothpastes, fluoride rinses help strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay.
Diet - You\'re probably surprised by this one! But healthy eating habits are an equally important part of your oral hygiene regimen. Since sugars and carbs promote tooth decay, the more you eat, the better chances you have of ruining your teeth! Instead, focus on protecting your oral health by eating nutritional foods.