Preventative dental care involves preventing oral health problems from occurring in the first place rather than trying to fix them later. While you may not be able to completely eliminate oral health issues, preventative dental care greatly increases your odds. Both the Irmo dentist and the patient need to work together for a preventative dental care plan to be effective.
Preventative dental care is the best way to obtain and to maintain good oral health. There are two parts to a good preventative dental care plan: consistently following a good daily oral health care regimen & visiting your Irmo dentist and dental hygienist regularly for dental checkups & professional cleanings. The self-care you do at home is very important. Bacteria and plaque start to develop due to food particles that remain in your mouth after you eat. You need to remove the bacteria and plaque as soon as possible since they lead to oral health issues. These bacteria accumulate on your tongue as well as on your teeth. Therefore, you should brush your teeth and your tongue thoroughly at least twice a day. Also, you should floss in order to rid if debris located in between the teeth and gums. If you fail to remove the plaque from your mouth in a timely manner, the plaque will harden into tartar, which makes brushing more difficult. Also, since tartar, which leads to tooth decay, cannot be removed with regular brushing, it’s best to avoid it developing in the first place. Getting regular professional cleanings is very important since it’s the only way to remove tartar and other debris. Seeing your dentist for regular checkups allows your dentist to detect oral health issues early so they can be addressed right away. This helps to stop the progression of problems and also prevents further issues from occurring.
To learn more about preventative dental care, contact our office. We’d be more than happy to set up your exam with our expert Irmo dentist.