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.
|<—— Plaque causes inflammation, irritation, and redness of gums (gingivitis).|
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.
Flossing at lease every night before going to bed.
Replacing your toothbrush regularly, once every 3 months or when you notice the bristles are flared
Avoiding a diet high in sugar, which can cause 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:
Park West Dental-Houston pediatric & Family Dental specialists