A beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal when treating patients. Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal. Your personal home care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.
What Are the Benefits of Preventive Care?
Preventive dentistry is crucial in detecting issues before they become too large and in keeping your teeth and gums healthy overall. Additional benefits of this habit include:
Early Detection of Dental Issues: Regular check-ups mean that issues like cavities, gum disease, or even oral cancer can be spotted early, making treatment more effective.
Cost Savings: Preventive care can be more affordable in the long run by reducing the need for more extensive and expensive treatments.
Convenience: With preventive care, you're less likely to require emergency dental visits, allowing you to better manage your schedule.
Improved Overall Health: Good oral health often translates to better overall well-being, as dental problems can be linked to conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
Peace of Mind: Regular visits to our Houston, TX office mean less worry about dental surprises and more confidence in your smile.
Preventive Care Reviews
Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA-approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.
- Place the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and gently brush using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
- Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
- Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth.
- Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.
Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, but it also disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
- Take 12 – 16 inches (30 – 40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
- Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
- Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.
Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.
It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing and after meals if you are unable to brush. If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on its appropriateness for you.
Use other dental aids as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist: interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc., can all play a role in good dental home care.
Preventative Care FAQs
What is the best toothbrush to use for optimal oral health?
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends using a soft-bristled brush that is the correct size and shape for your mouth. Electric toothbrushes are also effective in removing plaque and debris, as they provide consistent pressure on each tooth. Try to replace your toothbrush or electric brush head every three to four months in Houston, TX, or as soon as the bristles become frayed.
How often should I floss?
Our trained team members at Evolution Dentistry suggest flossing your teeth at least once a day before brushing. Flossing removes plaque and debris from areas of the mouth where your toothbrush cannot reach, which helps to prevent cavities and gum disease. Patients should not floss too aggressively, as this can damage the gums.
What are water flossers?
Water flossers are devices that use pulsating streams of water to remove debris and plaque from between teeth and along the gumline. They are an effective alternative to traditional string flossing and can be used daily for maximum effectiveness. However, you should always check with your dentist or hygienist to ensure that a water flosser is right for your individual needs.
Enhance your oral health
Evolution Dentistry is proud to be a resource for patients in need of high-quality dental care. Our state-of-the-art facility in Houston, TX, features the latest in dental technology and a team of highly skilled dental professionals who provide each patient with individualized attention. If you have questions about preventative dental care or want to schedule an appointment, please contact us today. We can help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health for a lifetime.