Preventing dental problems or disease from happening is the primary focus of the dental profession. Using proper brushing and flossing techniques along with regular cleanings at the dentist office can prevent almost all dental problems depending on a your lifestyle choices. Diet, environment, genetics and personal habits all play an important role in dental health but with proper preventative care you can greatly reduce the chances you will face many of the common dental problem
What are the Common Problems
Cavities and gum disease represent the most common dental problems people face. Proper and consistent homecare with a tooth brush and floss along with fluoridated water will minimize if not eliminate cavities and most cases of gum disease. Technique, frequency and time are essential to proper technique. If you have questions on proper techniques be sure to ask your hygienist at your next cleaning appointment. In general, brushing very well once per day for 2 to 3 minutes and flossing should be sufficient to clean all surfaces of the teeth.
Better Diet and Habits
Prevention wouldn’t be complete without discussing diet and personal habits. Cavities are caused by bacteria in your mouth which feed on sugar from the foods you intake. Sweets and sugary drinks in excess can significantly increase the amount of decay affecting your teeth. Personal habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco not only change the environment in your mouth but also affect blood supply, immune system, and tissue elasticity all of which contribute to gum disease. If you are interested in making better choices about diet or tobacco use ask your physician or dentist about resources that can help.
Visiting your hygienist at least every six months is an excellent way to prevent dental problems. If tartar builds on your teeth brushing and flossing wont remove all of the tartar. Your hygienist removes the tartar and identifies any changes in your mouth at your cleaning appointment. The hygienist is also able to recommend and preventative treatments such as fluoride, sealants, or mouth rinses which may help you maintain your healthy mouth in addition to the regular home care of brushing and flossing. The American Dental Association recommends cleanings every 6 months or more often if there is gum disease.