Preventive Dental Care

Preventive dental care is important at any age. Consistently practiced oral hygiene and regularly scheduled dental checkups, keeps your smile bright and healthy for years to come.

Here are some simple ways that prevent plaque and cavities:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Fluoride toothpaste removes food particles and plaque.
  • Also, brush the top surface of your tongue. This removes any extra plaque-causing food particles, and keeps your breath fresh!
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day. You can also use a mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Decay-causing bacteria lingers between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Floss and mouthwash remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
  • Eat a balanced diet including raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese, or fruit which can help keep your smile healthy.
  • Avoid eating sugary treats all the time. These foods bring on tooth decay.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups every six months for a professional teeth cleaning. Leading cardiologists stress that this is essential to good heart health.
  • Dental sealants can also be applied. They are protective plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay usually starts.
  • If you are an athlete, ask your dentist about special mouth guards designed to protect your teeth during any type of sporting activity.

If it's been six months since your last dental checkup, then it's time to contact our practice and schedule your next appointment! 

Printable instructions >

 

Brushing Instructions
  • brushing diagram

    Brushing: Step 1

    Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.

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    Brushing: Step 2

    Brush gently in a circular motion.

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    Brushing: Step 3

    Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

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    Brushing: Step 4

    Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

 

Flossing Instructions
  • flossing diagram

    Flossing: Step 1

    Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and the other finger takes it up as the floss is used.

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    Flossing: Step 2

    Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.

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    Flossing: Step 3

    Holding the floss tightly, gently saw it between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.

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    Flossing: Step 4

    Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.

 

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