Preventive

Oral Preventive Care in Houston

Good oral hygiene habits greatly reduce a patient’s risk for developing gum disease, cavities, tooth decay, and other dental problems. At Royal Dental, we emphasize the importance of oral preventive care so our patients can maintain a healthy mouth filled with healthy teeth and gums.

What is preventive dental care?

Like preventive health care, preventive dental care seeks to prevent problems with the teeth and gums from occurring, rather than reacting to problems that have already taken hold. This philosophy helps patients avoid gum disease, cavities, decay, and other dental problems. Preventive dental care includes daily brushing and flossing. Twice-yearly dental cleanings and exams are also needed to ensure that teeth are clean and strong, and that any problems discovered can be addressed before they become more serious.

Why is preventive dental care important?

Preventive dental care is an easy way to avoid serious dental problems. Brushing and flossing properly removes plaque from the teeth’s surface, as well as the spaces between teeth. This keeps decay from gaining a foothold. Regular cleanings and routine dental exams allow the dentist to identify problems and treat them immediately, removing the need for more extensive procedures later on. A healthy diet can also help keep teeth and gums in good shape.

What does the American Dental Association say about routine dental care?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you brush your teeth twice daily using fluoride toothpaste approved by the ADA. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. It is also important to floss daily or clean spaces between teeth using an interdental cleaner. To keep teeth and gums healthy, eat a balanced diet and limit snacking. Regular professional cleanings and exams are also recommended by the ADA.

What questions should I ask my dentist about routine dental care?

Ask your dentist for recommendations on the type of toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss to use. Plus, ask how many cleanings you need yearly based on your dental history and the current state of your oral health. Also ask if you are at risk for any dental problems, and if so, what you can do to prevent them.

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