Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth and gums to keep them healthy prior to a dental issue. There was a time when many dentists focused more on fixing problems instead of preventing them. Those days are long gone, and modern dentistry places a strong emphasis on preventive dental care, including regular examinations and cleanings.
There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and dental cleanings, but there are other ways to prevent oral health problems. Everyone benefits from practicing preventive dentistry. Whether you are a young child, or an aging adult, preventive care, along with regular visits to the dentist will help you keep your real teeth for a lifetime.
The American Dental Association (ADA) and Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS recommend that you have a dental examination every six months in order to maintain optimal oral health. This schedule is designed to check for gum disease, enamel wear, and other diseases that can be detected through frequent oral examinations and to ensure that your teeth are clean and healthy.
Ways to Practice Preventive Dentistry
Following are some daily habits everyone should practice in order to have healthy teeth and gums:
Brush Your Teeth Daily
- The most important element of preventive dentistry is to brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes each time.
- Brush your tongue to help remove bacteria from your mouth and freshen your breath!
- Replace your toothbrush every three months when the bristles begin to fray.
- Daily flossing helps to clean out the tight spaces between the teeth.
- Make sure you floss your teeth properly.
Eat a Balanced Diet
- Believe it or not, eating a balanced diet helps to protect your teeth by providing the proper nutrients.
- Limit your sugar intake, including simple carbohydrates, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Avoid sugary drinks, and eat a varied diet with fruit, vegetables and dairy products rich in calcium and protein that will help you get all of the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy smile.
Regular Dental Visits Are Essential to Oral and Overall Health
Regular dental cleanings and examinations allow dentists to identify problems and take care of issues in the early stages. Early detection of dental problems, including gum disease, cavities and oral cancer, don’t usually cause pain or become visible until they are in the advanced stages. Close to 54,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Early detection and treatment significantly increases the chances of a successful outcome.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 50 percent of adults over 30 years old suffer from gum disease. Gum disease (periodontitis) can allow harmful bacteria to spread to vital organs of the body. Food, beverages and tobacco can stain teeth and if not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth and irritate the gum tissue. If not treated, plaque can lead to gum disease.
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
Preventive Dentistry And You
Take the first step of preventive dental care by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Evanson today, (720) 409-0008 or contact us online. She has the ability and expertise to provide treatment and services for the whole family while utilizing the most advanced dental technologies available.
Everyone benefits from practicing preventive dentistry! Your smile performs an important function as you talk and interact with other people. Regular dental visits will not only help to keep your teeth and gums healthy but will give you the confidence to openly smile and associate with others.Leave a reply →