Brushing your teeth is almost surely one of the first things on your daily to do list. However, this important step should not be your only action against dental conditions like tooth decay and gum disease. Preventative care provided by your dentist helps stop these issues in their tracks and even avoid them from the get go. Find out more about preventative dental care with Dr. Steven Gilbert and Dr. Carlos Velez at Gilbert Dental Care in Philadelphia, PA.
What should a good at-home oral care routine consist of?
Your daily dental routine is your first course of defense against tooth decay and the conditions that come with it. Patients of all ages and at all levels of risk for decay should brush their teeth twice daily using a soft toothbrush and toothpaste. Try to brush for at least two minutes every time. Patients should also floss at least once daily using a new strand of dental floss for each quadrant of the mouth to cut down on the spread of bacteria. While mouthwash is not mandatory, those who choose to use it should avoid rinsing their mouth with water after swishing.
The Importance of Preventative Dental Care
A preventative dental examination and cleaning gives your dentist a chance to find cavities and other conditions early before they do any irreversible damage to your teeth. Taking care of existing dental problems early allows your dentist to use less invasive and time-consuming procedures to treat them. It also gives you the chance to preserve your natural teeth, avoiding extraction and losing the tooth altogether. Additionally, finding tooth decay early prevents a toothache which occurs once it reaches the tooth’s inner pulp chamber and damages the nerve.
Preventative Care with Gilbert Dental in Philadelphia, PA
Seeing your dentist twice a year for routine examinations and cleanings in addition to your daily oral care will round out your preventative care routine. These examinations and cleanings take about an hour and free your teeth of any plaque and tartar which you may have missed during your daily brushing and flossing. For more information on preventative dental care in the Philadelphia area, please contact Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Velez at Gilbert Dental Care in Philadelphia, PA. Call (215) 972-0406 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!