Find out why your day-to-day habits are so important for the health for your smile.
Are you wondering if you are doing everything you can to maintain good oral health? We’re glad you’re taking the time to think about this. Everything from what you eat to the habits you adopt can make or break your smile. Our Easton, MD, dentist, Dr. Kristine Houck Morris, is here to provide tips and advice on why preventive dental care is something everyone should practice.
The goal of preventive dentistry is to help you maintain a healthy smile for life that is free of cavities and disease. There are several ways in which our Easton general dentist can help make this happen and there are things you can do all on your own to ensure good oral health.
Not only can preventive dentistry help keep problems at bay for every member of your family but also it can actually save you money in the end. How? Well, just as the name suggests, preventive dentistry is supposed to prevent issues from happening, which means fewer trips to our office and avoiding costly dental procedures.
There are several types of preventive dentistry methods to consider for both you and your family. Preventive dentistry includes:
- At-home oral care
- A healthy diet
- Regular dental cleanings and exams
- Dental sealants
- Fluoride treatment
Making sure you brush twice a day and floss daily are simple but vitally important measures to take to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Set a timer for 2 minutes to make sure that you are brushing long enough.
Besides your oral care routine it’s also important to take some time out to consider if you are eating foods that will promote good oral health or foods that could lead to problems. Avoid sugar and processed foods, which promote the buildup of plaque, and load up on fibrous veggies, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains.
It’s also necessary that no matter how comprehensively you care for your smile that you never skip out on visiting our office twice a year for cleanings and exams. These exams not only remove plaque and tartar buildup to prevent issues from happening but also it’s a great early detection tool so if there is a problem it’s found and treated right away.
Preventive dentistry is the best way to protect against cavities and gum disease. If you need to schedule your next dental cleaning, now is the time. Call our Easton, MD, dental office today.