The goal of preventive dentistry is to help people to take care of their teeth so that oral disease can be kept to a minimum, it concentrates on intercepting dental issues instead of focusing on ways to treat them. So, what kind of defensive measures fall under the umbrella of preventive dentistry?
Brushing your teeth twice a day for no less than two minutes at a time is the gold standard in preventive dentistry. Brushing is how you get rid of bacterial plaque which is the main cause of cavities and gum disease.
The importance of flossing is a close second if not on a par with brushing. A string of floss can be guided between the teeth to reach the plaque that a toothbrush may have missed. Flossing after every meal or snack is the ideal but once a day is more practical.
A healthy diet is important to the maintenance of our general well-being. There are specific foods that are particularly good for our oral health, cheese and meat products among them. Soft drinks and sugar additives top the list of cavity causers to stay away from.
We can’t prevent all accidents from happening, but we can protect ourselves and our children from serious injury. A custom fit mouthguard is the best preventive method that we have to reduce the risk to our oral health.
Regular checkups and teeth cleanings are essential to maintaining a healthy mouth. Make that appointment today, call Rippe Dental Associates @ 303-562-1073 in Centennial, CO.