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Preventive dentistry focuses on maintaining the health of your teeth, gums and jaw. We recommend that you see a dentist at least every 6 months for a cleaning, exam, oral cancer screening, and x-rays if necessary. Regular visits allow your dentist to catch and treat problems early, often saving you time and money.
Preventive care is important for people of all ages. The American Dental Association recommends that children should be seen for their first dental visit at age 1 or when the first tooth erupts. Infant exams help children become comfortable with being in the dental office environment and allow the dentist to provide educational input and guidance to parents. Regular visits are also important for people with dentures and partials. These visits allow your dentist to conduct a thorough oral cancer screening, clean your teeth and dentures, and any take care of necessary adjustments or relines.
Maintaining good oral hygiene and controlling plaque is essential to preventive dentistry. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that covers teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque thrive on carbohydrates (sugars and starches). When the bacteria eat carbohydrates, this results in increased acid production which attacks tooth enamel and causes cavities. If plaque is left undisturbed on the teeth, it hardens creating calculus (tartar), which can lead to gum disease. Plaque can be controlled by following a few easy steps:
- Brush with a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste two times per day. Clean teeth using small circular motions and focus on cleaning along the gum line. Also brush your tongue to help prevent bad breath.
- Floss one time per day, making sure to hug the floss against each side of the tooth. Flossing removes plaque and food from between the teeth and below the gum line.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit carbohydrate rich snacks. Cavities are more likely to develop from frequent intake of carbohydrates and sugars. We know that everyone enjoys candy or sweets every now and then. Try to have your sweets close to meal time when salivary flow is highest.
- Replace sugary and acidic beverages with water when possible. Soda, juice, sports drinks, sweetened teas, sweetened coffees, and alcohol all contain hidden sugars and can cause cavities, especially when sipped throughout the day.