Preventative Care

Preventive Dental Care

Preventative dental care emphasizes the importance of taking minor steps regularly to prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can cause major problems later on. This includes:

  • Brushing 2-3 times daily for 2 minutes using a soft toothbrush in gentle, circular motions. This will remove dental plaque, a sticky biofilm coating that forms on your teeth. If it isn’t removed, it can turn into tartar, a hard substance full of acid-producing bacteria that cause tooth decay and lead to gum disease.
Gingivitis teeth <——  Plaque causes inflammation, irritation, and                      redness of gums (gingivitis).

 

 Before and After Preventative Dental Care  

 

Tartar is a hard substance that leads to periodontal disease (bone loss and tooth mobility).

 

 

 

Notice how much healthier the gums look after tartar is removed and healing occurs.

How to clean your teeth

 

  • Flossing at lease every night before going to bed.

Flossing guide

 

  • Replacing your toothbrush regularly, once every 3 months or when you notice the bristles are flared

Replacing your tootbrush regularly

 

  • Avoiding a diet high in sugar, which can cause tooth decay
tooth decay    

Regular visits to the dentist can catch cavities while they are still in the early stages.

 

  • Visiting a dentist regularly for exams and x-rays

Taking just a few minutes each day to practice preventative dental care can help ensure a healthy smile for a lifetime.

 

Services we offer under Preventative Dentistry:

o   Sealants

o   Oral Cancer Screenings

Park West Dental-Houston pediatric & Family Dental specialists