Seeing the dentist regularly could protect you from serious issues in the future.
We know that you lead a busy life and so it can be challenging to schedule a dental appointment when you should; however, if you don’t know the last time you visited our Silver Spring, MD, dentists Dr. Gregory Hysong and Dr. Lynda LePore for a routine checkup then it’s time to prioritize your oral health if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Preventive dentistry really isn’t that difficult to implement. We’ll show you…
Here’s what preventive dentistry entails:
- Routine professional cleanings and checkups
- Patient education
- At-home oral care
- Healthy diet
- Oral cancer screenings
- Mouthguards (for playing sports)
- Nightguards (if you grind or clench your teeth)
Why is preventive dentistry important?
As you may already imagine, it’s much easier to maintain a healthy smile than it is to fix it once a problem occurs. Plus, preventive dentistry saves you time, money and stress. Our goal as your Silver Spring, MD, family dentists is to make sure that you get the care you need to keep your teeth, gums and jawbone healthy.
One of the best things you can do for your smile is to visit your dentist every six months for cleanings. These cleanings ensure that plaque and tartar aren’t allowed to build up on teeth and along the gums, causing cavities and gum disease. Plus, if we do detect a problem we are more likely to catch it during the earliest stages when it’s so much easier to treat.
Of course, how you care for your smile between six-month cleanings is just as important. This means brushing twice a day and flossing daily to reduce plaque buildup. If you are particularly prone to developing cavities or are at a high risk for gum disease, then you may need to use a medicated rinse and visit your dentist more regularly for cleanings and checkups. This is something we would be happy to discuss with you during your next visit.
Your diet also plays an important role in healthy teeth and gums. Staying away from sugar is one of the best things you can do to protect your teeth from cavities. This means limiting soda, desserts, candies, sports drinks and most fruit juices. Make sure you are eating a healthy, balanced and varied diet that is rich in whole grains, lean protein and veggies.
There are also other preventive measures you can take to safeguard your smile from damage or decay. Sealants are designed to seal the chewing surfaces of the molars to prevent bacteria and food from getting trapped in the nooks and crannies. Mouthguards are also incredibly important and crucial if you play contact sports. If you are a jaw clencher or teeth grinding you are prone to excessive wear and tear and even fractures in your teeth. In this case, it’s important to wear a nightguard while you sleep.
If it’s high time that you visited a general dentist in Silver Spring, MD, for a routine checkup or if you want to chat about other measures you can take to keep your teeth and gums clean then we are here to provide you with the advice you need. Call Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD, today to learn more about what we can offer your smile.