Brush the teeth you only want to keep.

February 26, 2020

"Brush the teeth you only want to keep." 

This is very true, and if you don't brush and keep your teeth in great condition, then you may found yourself paying thousands of dollars in restorative and implant dental care. Full mouth reconstructive cases average from 45,000 and 80,000. By practicing preventative dentistry, you can protect yourself from extensive dental costs and work. 
So what is preventative dentistry? It emphasizes the importance of at home hygiene care and regular dental visits to prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases and conditions. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a MINIMUM of two dental checkups each year for professional cleaning and management of any developing conditions. This recommendation can help your dentist stop dental disease in its earliest stages, protecting your smile and limiting your expense.

Dr. T's Preventative Dentistry Tips :

  1. Brush and floss twice a day or after very meal to remove dental plaque and buildup 
  2. Use fluoride products - fluoride toothpastes and fluoride mouth rinses 
  3. Regular dental visits and cleanings - Don't leave your dental appointment without your next cleaning appointment made! Minimum twice a year checkups or every 6 months.
  4. X-rays - Full mouth set of x-rays should be taken at your initial comprehensive appointment. x-rays are updated once a year to make sure there is no active decay in between teeth!
  5. If you play sports; wear a mouth guard! It protects against broken teeth! 
  6. Orthodontics - a bad bite, also known as malocclusion, can disrupt eating and speaking. Crooked teeth are hard to keep - straight teeth makes it easy to clean!  Improper bite can be corrected with orthodontics: dental braces or clear teeth aligners (invisible braces), such as Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, limits the possibility of future dental problems.
  7. Avoid smoking and drinking. Smoking, chewing tobacco and alcohol consumption negatively affect your oral health, especially your overall health. Smoking and tobacco causes gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer.
  8. Consistent dental care for chronic dental diseases/conditions is essential for arresting or reversing their harmful effects. 
  9. Patient education. Patients who understand the outcome of poor dental health will see their dentist for preventive dentistry treatments. Practicing diligent and excellent oral hygiene habits significantly helps ensure a lifetime of dental health.

Why Preventative Dentistry?

Preventative Dentistry is important for your overall well being. Oral diseases can interfere with daily activities such as eating, speaking, and your self-esteem.
Practicing preventive dentistry can result in less extensive – and less expensive – treatment for any dental conditions that may develop, and help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime.


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