Preventative Health Preventive dentistry is a major aspect of keeping teeth and gums healthy. Preventative education leading to healthy habits helps patients avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear and much more.
Daily brushing and flossing are the common forms of preventative dentistry but according to the American Dental Association (ADA) regular visits to the dentist help ensure that teeth are clean, strong and maintain a white luster. Children should be taught these practices at a young age.
Key Oral Health Practices
Brushing daily several times a day with a good toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste that is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) is vital. Make sure to brush before you go to bed and don’t forget to brush your tongue.
Moving the toothbrush in gentle circular strokes is the best way to remove plaque. Avoid hard brushing which can damage the soft tissue of the gums. Dr. Mike recommends the Rotadent ProCare toothbrush.
Flossing helps remove debris between the teeth in tight spaces and is very important in the prevention of gum disease.
Visiting Dr. Tall at least twice per year for a cleaning and exam is crucial in preventing serious dental problems.
Proper nutrients help protect and strengthen teeth. Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water promote healthy oral care. Conversely, sugars acidic food are damaging.
Mouthwash helps reduce the acid in the mouth, cleans hard-to-brush areas, and re-mineralizes the teeth.
Other Health Benefits Dental hygiene greatly reduces the risk of cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental problems. What many people don’t realize that poor oral health can lead to:
Each of these conditions are scientifically linked to poor oral health. So the added benefit of good oral health is good physical health and the avoidance of these awful diseases.
- heart disease
- respiratory disease