Prentative Dentistry is practice of caring for one’s teeth, gums, avoiding cavities and enamel wear. To achieve the best results from preventative dentistry one must brush their teeth daily and have annual dental cleanings from your dentist. Following these practices will help ensure your teeth are strong, clean and white, while also ensuring your gums stay healthy. Oral hygiene should be taught at an early age in children. Daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) is recommended. Tooth brushes should be replaced at least three to four times a year or as soon as the bristles begin to fray.
Flossing your teeth, daily, is also recommended for optimal oral hygiene. It helps to reach those tight spaces between the teeth that the toothbrush can’t reach. If you have braces you may need floss threaders to reach between the metal brackets. Annual exams and cleanings will allow your dentist to identify and take care of any problems that you may have right away. Cavities, enamel loss, gingivitis and periodontitis can be avoided and/or controlled with proper dental care .
Children, especially, will benefit with a daily and annual routine of dental care. It allows their adult teeth to develop strong and healthy. Body health is also connected to good oral health. The mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria, which is not only harmful to your mouth but also to your overall health. A clean mouth is the beginning for better health overall.