How Preventive Dentistry Starts at Home
Preventive dentistry starts at home, but a dentist and hygienist also play a vital role.
The first step in prevention is brushing and flossing regularly—at least twice per day—and avoiding sugary treats and beverages.
However, this is only part of it. Without regular dental exams and twice-yearly teeth cleanings in Manhattan Beach or Woodland Hills, CA, even the best oral health routine at home will not be enough to prevent:
- Gum infections
- Dental emergencies
- Periodontal disease
The Goals of Preventive Dentistry
The goals of preventive dentistry are to prevent infections, cavities, periodontal disease, dental emergencies, and other issues that may compromise your oral health and cause tooth loss or the need for aggressive therapies.
Our dentist advises brushing and flossing at least twice per day, but he may provide more detailed at-home instructions if you have a specific dental issue or are prone to cavities or infections.
He also advises visiting his office twice per year for regular exams and x-rays. This recommendation falls in line with studies and best practices put forward by the American Dental Association (ADA). However, if you have a specific dental issue, we may recommend a different schedule.
The ADA also recommends twice-yearly teeth cleanings. Your toothbrush and floss cannot take care of stubborn bacteria or tartar. Our hygienist uses the latest technologies to clear away anything that may contribute to dental problems, including tooth loss.
Mouthguards for nighttime grinding and clenching are also part of prevention. Grinding and clenching leads to tooth breakage, cavities, and the potential for tooth loss.
Mouthguards are another preventive consideration if you play sports.
Contact Our Dental Office
Prevention starts with you, but for healthy teeth for life, dental care in our Manhattan Beach or Woodland Hills, CA dental office is crucial to prevention.
Schedule your next exam and cleaning today.