Preventive Care & Oral Hygiene
At North East Dental Arts we believe that preventive care and oral hygiene is always the best medicine. Anyone, at any age, can experience tooth decay. However, factors such as diet, lifestyle, and certain medical conditions can increase your risk.
At North East Dental Arts, you’ll receive individualized advice about nutrition, fluoride, mouth rinses, supplements, and effective brushing and flossing techniques to lower your chances of developing oral health issues.
Good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings are your best defenses against tooth decay and gum disease. During every visit at North East Dental Arts, our doctors and dental hygienists will evaluate your oral health, and check for early signs gum disease. Tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontitis can be treated quickly and effectively in the initial stages.
Oral Hygiene Prevents Gum Disease
In between visits to North East Dental Arts, there are steps that you can take to substantially decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. Prevention tips include:
- Brushing thoroughly at least twice a day and flossing daily
- Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals
- Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
- Rinsing with a fluoride mouth rinse if suggested by your dentist
How To Brush Your Teeth
How To Floss Your Teeth
See Your Dentist Every Six Months!
Our doctors recommend two yearly preventive care visits which include a cleaning by a registered oral hygienist and an exam performed by our dentists. These frequent visits ensure decay is prevented or stopped before a tooth is destroyed. Our Dentists also recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles. Toothbrushes with medium or hard bristles can actually wear away tooth structure over time. Moreover, patients should also replace their toothbrush at least every three months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
Dental health is also about having the right tools for prevention. Our doctors advise patients to look for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal on toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, mouth rinses, electronic toothbrushes, water flossers and other oral hygiene products.