At Dawkins Family Dentistry, we focus on preventing oral problems. We always encourage our patients to practice good oral hygiene habits at home and have regular dental checkups and cleanings to maintain optimum oral health throughout their lifetime.
The main aim of preventive dental care is to keep your mouth healthy by preventing decay, gum disease, or other dental problems. You can maintain your smile at its best and keep expensive or invasive dental treatments at bay by following the practices and availing of the services under preventive dentistry. With preventive dental treatments, our dentist can help you maintain your oral health and also detect early signs of oral disease or damage. We can also provide the right treatment for the oral issue you are facing right away, before the condition worsens.
Preventive Dental Care Tips You Can Follow at Home
Maintaining good oral hygiene at home is a major part of preventive dental care. Some of the most important tips include
- Brushing teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing at least once a day
- Consuming a balanced, healthy diet
- Limiting the consumption of sugary or acidic foods
- Visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a dental cleaning and exam
Preventive Dentistry Procedures
The dentist uses the following procedures as part of preventive dentistry:
The dentist will conduct a thorough dental examination and then use a small dental instrument called a scaler to remove the plaque and tartar present on the surface of the teeth, stuck between the teeth, and near the gum line. The teeth are then polished and flossed again to ensure there is no remaining plaque.
The dentist applies sealants on the back teeth to seal the pits and grooves to prevent the accumulation of food debris and plaque that could cause cavities. Sealants are painless and effective for children.
The drinking water and most kinds of toothpaste are fluoridated. Fluoride helps prevent cavities, and if your teeth are not getting enough fluoride, then our dentist will conduct fluoride treatment.
To learn more about preventative dental care, call us at (662) 234-5725 or schedule an appointment with our dentist today.