How To Stop Dental Problems Before They Happen

March 9, 2022 Published by Cartoon of the dentist demonstrating proper brushing techniques to a child.

At Oakboro Family Dentistry, one of our goals is to stop dental problems before they become major issues. This means that our team focuses on preventive care: treatments and habits that maintain your oral health and reduce your risk for developing dental problems. If you’re wondering how you can lower your chances of getting cavities or other dental issues, keep reading!

What Is Preventive Care?

The purpose of preventive care is to stop dental problems before they happen. For example, we recommend that our patients receive a professional cleaning every six months. This way, our experienced technicians can remove plaque and oral bacteria from your teeth before gum disease or cavities develop. We also recommend sealants to prevent decay in molars and fluoride treatments to strengthen enamel.

How Can My Oral Hygiene Routine at Home Stop Dental Problems?

In addition to regular visits to our office, your at-home oral hygiene routine is one of the most important ways you can reduce your risk for dental problems. If you’re unsure what your oral hygiene routine should consist of, you’ve come to the right place. Make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice each day, for two minutes at a time. While you’re at it, make sure you’re brushing gently for the whole two minutes. Some patients think that if they brush more vigorously they’ll be finished earlier, but vigorous brushing can irritate gums and damage tooth enamel.

Is Flossing at Home Important for Stopping Dental Problems?

In addition to regular brushing, make flossing a part of your daily routine. Whether you use traditional dental floss, floss picks, or a water flosser, flossing is a key way to remove food particles that get trapped in hard-to-reach places between your teeth. The tool you use to floss matters less than your technique — as long as you’re using it correctly, you’ll get the benefits.

Cavity Prevention at Oakboro Family Dentistry

Our team looks forward to seeing you and your family at your next preventive visit. We are dedicated to supporting our patients in their efforts to develop good oral hygiene habits. If anyone in your family needs some tips or tutorials to improve their oral care, just ask our team for help. We are happy to demonstrate methods so they are easy to understand and put into practice.

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