Maintain Oral Health Through Preventive Dentistry
Part of my job as your dentist involves helping you prevent future dental concerns by practicing preventive dentistry. Anticipating potential dental problems and doing what is possible to avoid them can not only save you money in the long run, but time and discomfort, as well. To prevent future problems, be sure to follow the tips below.
- Start early. This really applies to patients with children. Your child should be seen by a dentist when his or her first tooth erupts. Good habits that are established in childhood set the stage for positive experiences in the future.
- Practice good oral hygiene at home. This is no mystery; you should brush your teeth at least twice a day (preferably after every meal) and floss daily. Want to up your at-home hygiene game? Add a power toothbrush and fluoride rinse to the mix.
- See your dentist regularly. When you come to The Miller Center for Esthetic Excellence, we do more than clean your teeth; we check for gum disease, bone loss, and oral cancers among others. Schedule cleanings and examinations every six months (more if you have gum disease or other concerns).
- Eat for health. In general, foods that are good for your overall health are also good for your teeth. Make sure your diet includes calcium-rich foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and proteins. Avoid carbohydrates that can turn to sugar and form plaque on your teeth.
- Use mouthguards. If you participate in an activity or sport that could result in an injury, you need to invest in a mouthguard. Basketball may not be a contact sport like football, but an elbow to the mouth or faceplant on the court can have the same effect as being tackled by an offensive lineman.
- Avoid smoking and drinking. Both are risk factors for oral cancers. Additionally, they can stain your teeth and cause dry mouth – which increases your risk for cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.The best way to avoid complicated dental procedures in the future is to take care of your teeth now. To make sure your teeth are at their best, contact The Miller Center for Esthetic Excellence to make an appointment. We’d love to see your smile.
The best way to avoid complicated dental procedures in the future is to take care of your teeth now. To make sure your teeth are at their best, contact The Miller Center for Esthetic Excellence to make an appointment. We’d love to see your smile.