Once dental disease develops, it causes a domino effect and leads to more significant damage. You can take steps right now to dramatically reduce your risk of such common problems as gum disease, tooth decay, and dental trauma with proper dental hygiene.
The ADA recommends brushing with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush for good dental hygiene. Clean each side of each tooth and your tongue about twice a day. Floss daily to clean plaque and bacteria off the surfaces that your toothbrush cannot reach.
These include both a professional cleaning and an exam. A professional cleaning removes all plaque and tartar buildup in your mouth. An exam will help catch early signs of problems.
We also use this appointment as an opportunity to recommend preventative treatment, suggest other treatments, or give you dental hygiene tips that can help you keep your smile healthier.
A diet high in sugar, simple carbohydrates, or processed foods is bad for both your body and your teeth. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, lean proteins, and whole grains to keep your teeth strong and your gums healthy. Limit snacking between meals, and make fluoridated water your first choice in beverages.
A healthy smile can be a big step towards a healthier you. We offer preventative care, orthodontic treatments, and other dental procedures to strengthen your teeth, keep your gums healthy, and preserve your beautiful smile.
Give us a call today to schedule your appointment with our Thousand Oaks dentist.