Both natural as well as restored teeth survive best in an oral environment that is clean and where the intake of harmful foods is controlled. At Almoney and Brown Dental, we create individual preventative programs for our patients designed to help prevent new cavities, preserve teeth that have been restored and manage periodontal disease. During each appointment, oral hygiene instructions and preventative measures are reviewed with our patients and assessed for effectiveness. If dental problems are detected during the exam and treatment is needed, we will also make sure the patient's preventative program is still appropriate. If changes need to be made in the patient's home care, oral hygiene products, diet or their frequency of office visits, we will discuss this with the patient. Our belief is that prevention is critical in helping patients maintain a lifetime of oral health.
The following are helpful recommendations:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day in a circular motion with a soft bristled toothbrush aimed at the gum. If you have trouble keeping the teeth clean with a regular toothbrush, consider using an electric brush like the Sonicare which often removes food and plaque more effectively.
- Floss every night in an up and down motion while keeping the floss in a U-shape and against the tooth surface. A Waterpik can also be used to clean in between the teeth; however, flossing is still the best method.
- Avoid smoking and smokeless tobacco products as they can cancers, periodontal disease, tooth wear, and staining.
- Avoid sticky sugary foods and drinks that are high in acids and sugars, such as soda and sports drinks
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Use antiseptic and fluoride rinses as directed.
- Have sealants placed on young permanent teeth to prevent tooth decay from starting in the grooves and pits of the teeth.
- Schedule regular cleanings and exams at the dentist and call if you have any questions or problems between check-ups.