Your oral health is as essential as your general health. Preventive dental care plays a key role if you want to keep your oral hygiene in place. Preventive dentistry combines dental check-ups with good oral hygiene habits that you must follow to ensure proper dental health. Caring for your teeth starts early in childhood and extends to the rest of your life.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Over time, your teeth get exposed to the elements such as plaque, tartar, germs, and bacteria. When not removed on time, dental plaque may lead to gum diseases. Professional teeth cleaning removes such build-up of plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth, thus keeping them clean and white.
Professional teeth cleaning is suitable for people of all ages. We recommend you visit us for this procedure once every six months and retain your healthy and pearly whites.
Dental Check-Ups and Examinations
Preventive dental care also includes dental check-ups and examinations. Regular dental visits help you maintain your healthy teeth and gums in the long run. As most dental conditions are painless at first, you may not be aware of them until they lead to significant damage.
When you visit us for a dental check-up and examination, we detect early signs of tooth decay, gum decay, infection, and other abnormalities. During the same check-up, we also conduct an oral cancer screening.
Sealants are thin, composite-like coatings that we apply on the chewing surface of your teeth to avoid the accumulation of food and other particles inside their pits. The application of dental sealants prevents the formation of plaque, thus saving your teeth from tooth decay.
Fluoride treatment helps to keep cavities and tooth decay at bay. It also strengthens your teeth. We begin by applying fluoride gel over your teeth and then rinsing them. You are not allowed to eat or drink anything for an hour after the procedure. We also recommend fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse.
What is My Role in Preventive Dental Care?
- Brushing your teeth at least two times a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is the first step to maintaining your dental health. Floss daily to remove the food sticking between your teeth. Use a mouthwash to keep bad breath away.
- Avoid eating acidic foods as they harm your tooth enamel. Do not eat hard foods like candies, ice, seeds, nuts, etc., for they may damage or chip your teeth.
- Avoid smoking and consuming alcohol.
- Use a mouthguard while engaging in sports.
Please reach out to Mericle Dentistry in Simons Island, GA, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Mericle. Please call us at (912) 638-3559 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.