How Preventive Dentistry Can Help You in the Long Run

Protect your beautiful smile with the help of preventive dentistry.

Has it been a couple of days since you last flossed? Did you go to bed recently and forget to brush? Has your sweet tooth ruled your diet this week? All of these bad habits are the reason why cavities are the most common chronic dental disease that our Providence, RI, family dentists Drs. Marc and Lawrence Page see; however, when you take special care of your teeth you can prevent oral problems from happening in the first place.

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is any habit or practice that you or your dentist undertakes in order to protect your teeth and gums. After all, it’s much easier to instill good oral habits now to protect your smile than it is to just deal with problems once they appear. Good oral health starts in childhood, so it’s important that you start bringing your child in to see our Providence, RI, family dentists around one year old.

What is involved in preventive dentistry?

Let’s first discuss the preventive dental measures that you and your family can tackle right now to maintain good oral health. These smile-friendly measures include,

  • Brushing teeth at least twice a day
  • Flossing once a day
  • Limiting sugar, fruit juices and sports drinks
  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Using an antibacterial mouthwash
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet

Now, let’s talk about the preventive dentistry measures that you’ll need to turn to a family dentist for. These include,

  • Regular dental exams every six months
  • Professional dental cleanings
  • Annual dental X-rays
  • Oral cancer screenings

Your dentist can also recommend additional ways to reduce your risk for cavities and other dental problems based on your specific needs. Some of these additional preventive measures include,

  • Creating a custom-fitted mouthguard for kids and teens who play sports
  • Crafting night guards for those who grind their teeth while they sleep
  • Placing dental sealants on your child’s molars to reduce cavities
  • Fluoride treatment for kids who don’t get enough fluoride in their diet (fluoride helps to mineralize tooth enamel and to prevent cavities from forming)

Here at Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI, our family dentists believe in providing patients with the knowledge and skills to properly care for their smiles and to protect against cavities and gum disease. If it’s time for your six-month cleaning call our office today at (401) 421-9350.

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