WHY IS PREVENTION IMPORTANT?
Oral Health for Overall Health
Proper oral hygiene not only prevents caries and periodontal disease but also affects your overall health and well-being.
Preventive dental care is important throughout your life, no matter your age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with your dentist, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the tooth surfaces. Also be sure to brush the top surface of your tongue as this will remove any extra plaque-causing food particles and help keep your breath fresh!
- Clean between your teeth by flossing daily. You can also use mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Decay-causing bacteria can linger between teeth where a toothbrush can't reach. Floss and mouthwash will help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
- Eat a balanced diet, and try to avoid sugary treats. Nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese, or fruit can help keep your smile healthy.
- Remember to schedule regular checkups with your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.
- Ask your dentist about dental sealants—protective plastic coatings—that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts.
- If you play sports, be sure to ask your dentist about special mouthguards designed to protect your smile.