The Importance of Preventive Dental Care

August 14, 2017

Find out why being proactive about your oral health could save you time and money.preventative dentistry

While no one relishes a trip to the dentist it’s something that everyone has to do if they want to maintain a healthy smile. Sure, you should be giving your teeth and gums the proper care they need day in and day out, but this isn’t the only way to protect your mouth from cavities and gum disease. Most people assume that if their mouths feel healthy that they must be healthy, but our Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta, GA, dentists are here to explain why coming in for routine checkups is one of the best things you can do for your smile.

Instead of just treating a dental problem when it comes along, preventive dentistry has people taking a proactive approach to their oral health to prevent issues from happening in the first place. Good oral hygiene should start at an early age. Here are just some preventive dental measures you should be taking:

At-home care: Your oral health begins with you. Are you brushing at least twice a day? Are you flossing daily? Do you change your toothbrush head every couple of months? How you care for your smile from the comfort of your own home could be the difference between a healthy smile and a smile that has plaque and tartar buildup, gum disease or decay. Brushing and flossing regularly is one surefire way to prevent plaque and tartar buildup.

Fluoride treatment: Whether you turn to our Kennesaw, Woodstock or Marietta general dentists to get fluoride treatment or you opt for fluoride toothpaste or rinses, it’s important that you are getting enough fluoride to protect your beautiful smile. Fluoride is necessary for keeping tooth enamel strong and to ward off decay. Fluoride even has the ability to remineralize teeth that have some damage due to decay.

Your diet: What you eat doesn’t just affect your body but also your smile. Your teeth, gums and jawbone require key nutrients in order to remain healthy and strong. If you have a diet that is lacking then you leave your smile prone to decay and other issues. Avoid sugar and soft drinks, which can take a serious toll on your smile, and incorporate more whole grains, dairy, vegetables and lean sources of protein into your diet.

Routine professional cleanings: Even if you brush and floss regularly it’s normal to miss spots. This is why coming in to visit us every six months is a good idea if you want to maintain good oral hygiene. During these visits, we not only deep clean your teeth but also we check for potential issues, perform oral cancer screenings and even provide you with helpful advice on how to properly care for your smile.

Do you need to schedule your next six-month dental cleaning? If so, then 1st​ Choice Dental Care is here for you. We offer comprehensive dental services to the Kennesaw, Woodstock, or Marietta, GA, areas. Call us today!