Did you know that there are many roads that lead to effective prevention of oral health problems? “But, don’t I just need to practice preventive care?” you might find yourself asking. Well, in short, the answer is yes! However, are you certain about each and every aspect of prevention, which is actually a multifaceted approach to helping you avoid the development of smile-related concerns? If not, then take a stroll through the details with our Southlake, TX team as we help you better understand just what it takes to keep your teeth, gums, and more in very good condition!
Practicing Dental Hygiene
The first step along your oral health journey is remembering that the backbone of your preventive care is going to include what you’re practicing at home: Your dental hygiene! What does this include? Well, of course, it includes your brushing and flossing. With that said, it’s all about ensuring that you’re practicing your hygiene correctly to avoid problems. Ready for a quick rundown, so you know you’re not cutting corners? Here we go:
- Brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, making sure your sessions take about two minutes each
- Floss once daily with floss that you enjoy, so you can do a thorough job
Scheduling Professional Prevention
Now, for the part of your preventive care that will help you avoid oral health problems and that supports your care at home. It’s your professional prevention! This is going to include your dental checkups and your dental cleanings, which you will schedule as a “preventive dental visit” with our team. If you’re on track, then you’re remembering to schedule these every six months without slipping up, so you avoid a long list of possible smile issues like decay!
Avoiding Things You Know Cause Damage
Now, it’s very important to remember that there are some things you know will probably damage your teeth and, if you want to protect your oral health, then you should absolutely avoid them (all the time). We remind you that this means stopping yourself from trying to bite into extremely hard, resistant food, not using your teeth to crack open a nut, etc. See? It’s simple and very important if your goal is to keep your smile in one piece.
Keep Your Smile Safe With Easy Prevention
Ask us for advice during your next dental checkup if you are feeling like your preventive care is missing something. We will be happy to walk you through the details, how to perform dental hygiene, and more! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake and surrounding areas.