Preventative Dental Care for the Whole Family

Dental Health
By: Spirit Dental
April 13, 2015

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Whether you are single or the head of household for a large family, preventative dental care is essential to good health. By finding a good dental health professional team, you can keep your mouth looking and feeling great.

Preventative dental care entails annual cleanings that include a complete examination of your gums, Spirit Dental offers upto 3 cleanings per year. You will be assessed for cavities and periodontal disease during this treatment. Additionally, most offices include x-rays during these exams. Once you have the first set done, it is possible that the dentist will not require them on future visits.

You also need to keep your mouth impeccably clean in order to maintain your oral health. You need to brush your teeth twice each day, including before going to bed each evening. A dental hygienist can provide you with instructions on how to brush each section of your mouth.

You want to be certain that you are using the right type of toothbrush and toothpaste when performing this act. A quality fluoride toothpaste needs to be used and your toothbrush should be a medium or soft bristle version in most cases. This is because hard bristles can actually damage your sensitive gums.

You can follow up with a mouthwash that is alcohol free in order to kill any remaining germs. If you have troubles with a dry mouth, use one specially formulated to assist you. This is necessary to prevent bacterial growth in your mouth.

You need to floss your teeth at least once per day. This will remove any debris that has accumulated between your teeth. If you have a bridge, dentures or other types of dental work, you may need to use a specialized type of floss in order to reach those delicate places.

When you eat, it is important that you choose your foods carefully. Candy and soda can stick to your teeth, as can other foods that are high in sugar. At the very least, you should rinse your mouth thoroughly after ingesting these. It is also a good idea to use a straw for sugary beverages so that the drinks come into minimal contact with your teeth.

If you remember all of these things, you should be able to keep your mouth healthy for decades to come. Speak with your dental team today about scheduling an appointment and remember to pay attention to your daily care routine.

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