Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry ensures that your teeth and gums stay in good health. Everything you do daily to care for your teeth is part of Preventive dentistry. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste, properly flossing your teeth, and rinsing with an ADA approved mouthwash are the basics of the home side of Preventive dentistry. When you care for your teeth and gums, you’re doing much more than avoiding cavities. You are preventing gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss.

At Maple Tree Dental in Easton, we take care of the professional aspect of prevention. We recommend getting a regular exam at least once a year to make sure your teeth and gums are staying in top shape. Many insurances pay for one dental exam a year including bitewing X-rays. Preventive dentistry can detect many problems before they require significant interventions.

A comprehensive dental exam every other year is also essential. A comprehensive exam goes into much more depth. Yearly teeth cleaning is another necessary part of Preventive dentistry. Plaque, the sticky biofilm that adheres to teeth can turn to dental tartar if it isn’t brushed away. Once tartar has formed, it takes a dentist to remove it. Dentists can also perform deep tooth cleaning the gets rid of tartar beneath the gum-line.

Preventive Dentistry Practices at Home

Brush and floss daily

Brush twice a day. Use an American Dental Association (ADA) approved fluoride toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush two or three times a year and only use brushes with soft bristles. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Make sure to replace your toothbrush three or more times a year and don’t forget to brush your tongue. The tongue’s many nooks and crannies are prime hiding places for bacteria and other oral germs. If your teeth bleed easily, make an appointment with us at Maple Tree Dental in Easton right away. Bleeding gums aren’t always a sign of poor oral hygiene.

Teach kids good oral hygiene practices

If you have children, start them off right by teaching them good oral hygiene skills. Once a child’s baby teeth start coming in, bring them to the dentist and let them become accustomed to regular exams.

We’re here to provide you with the best in Preventive dental care. Book an appointment with us at Maple Tree Dental in Easton.

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