The Importance of Preventative Dentistry

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Avoid Dental Issues with Preventative Dentistry

We all know how important it is to brush and floss daily because otherwise we run the risk of some common diseases such as gum disease or gingivitis. Instead of just brushing it off as our daily hygienic routine, there’s actually a name for it. Preventative dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. Avoiding cavities, diseases, enamel loss, and other complications are a crucial part of not only caring for your smile but also your wallet. It’s much better to avoid these problems by taking small steps each and every day than having to fix the problems by taking large and costly steps at the dentist’s office.

Preventative dentistry is just another term to identify a lot of behaviors we are already familiar with. For example, brushing your teeth daily is a form of preventative care for your teeth. Without brushing, bacteria have the opportunity to fester up in the mouth. In this case, the risk of infection becomes prevalent. It is also important to remember to regularly change out your toothbrush every three or so months. If not, the wear and tear of the used toothbrush makes it much less effective with cleaning the teeth, in between the teeth, and the tongue.

Another form of preventative dentistry is regular check-ups at the dentist! Although this sounds like a pain, the cost of regular cleaning appointments in no way out-weighs a costly repair procedure. Visiting the dentist occasionally means avoiding the oral surgeon in the future.

Caring for your teeth, not just hygienically but physically is just as critical. If you participate in contact sports such as football, basketball, rugby, wrestling, etc. then wearing a mouth guard while in the game is absolutely necessary to avoid cracking, breaking, or completely losing your teeth. Utilizing a mouth guard will not only help you avoid ruining your smile, but also avoiding another dentist visit. Remember, it’s easier to spend a few seconds putting in a mouth piece than it is to spend a few hours in a dentist’s chair.

Maintaining a healthy diet is another way to care for oral hygiene. Calcium rich foods such as cheese, almonds, chicken, leafy greens, and seafood can protect the enamel and in turn leave your teeth strong and healthy. Certain foods and drinks can do the exact opposite. Sugary drinks like soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks are highly acidic and create a growing potential for cavities and erosion. These minor problems can easily be avoided by small diet changes that will ensure that they don’t turn into costly, major problems.

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