If you fear to go to the dentist, it’s probably because you waited until there was a problem with your oral health. Preventative dental care is the best way to keep your smile healthy and to wipe away any fear of your next dental visit. There are many ways to practice preventative dentistry – exercising good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with our dentist are an important role in keeping your teeth healthy.
Just A Few Ways to Prevent Cavities and Gum Disease Include:
1. Brushing Your Teeth: One of the most important parts of preventative dental care is brushing your teeth correctly. Use fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) to remove food residue and plaque from your teeth. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue! Brushing your tongue keeps your breath fresh and removes any bacteria or remaining food particles.
2. Flossing: Daily flossing helps clean the tight spaces between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing removes bacteria and food particles, which are precursors to plaque, which can eventually harden into tartar. Tartar can only be removed professionally, not by simply brushing or flossing. In addition to flossing, you should use mouthwash to keep your breath fresh and to eliminate bacteria.
3. Eating A Balanced Diet: A balanced diet provides your teeth with the nutrients they need. Foods like yogurts, leafy greens, cheese, and fruits are great for your smile. Make sure to drink a healthy amount of water throughout the day and limit your carbohydrate intake.
4. Scheduling Checkups: Be sure to schedule checkups with our dentist and hygienist every three or six months, depending on your tendency toward dental disease.
5. Asking About Sealants: Talk to our dentist about sealants, which are resin coatings placed on chewing surfaces of your teeth that prevent bacteria from causing tooth decay in the grooves and pits of the tooth.
6. Purchasing A Mouthguard: If you play a sport, it is important to buy a mouthguard to prevent any damage to your teeth. A well-fitting mouthguard will protect your teeth; a poorly-fitted mouthguard can actually damage your teeth. The type of mouthguard you choose depends on the type of sport you play. Call our office if you have any questions regarding the type of mouthguard you should use.
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Mariela D. – Hillside, NJ – reviewed Westfield Family Dentistry
“Great service… they’re so nice and clean and the hygienist is very nice and sweet, I’m definitely coming back”
Terry S. – Bedminster, NJ – reviewed Westfield Family Dentistry
“I had a very thorough hygiene treatment. The hygienist is caring and professional. She makes the whole process as enjoyable as it can be. Dr. Arfanis has been my dentist for 20+ years. He is the best!”