Making preventive dentistry a regular part of you and your family’s life is a smart move. Families who value preventive dentistry in Columbia, South Carolina have less periodontal disease, tooth decay, and other problems requiring expensive, uncomfortable dental procedures down the road.
What is preventive dentistry?
• It is taking good care of your teeth and gums at home with proper flossing and brushing techniques. Many patients think they are doing it right but are not!
• It is also visiting the dentist regularly for thorough cleanings and exams. Dental health providers find and treat problems that you might miss.
Dr. Jeanette Wingate and Dr. Bryan Wingate encourage every family member to practice preventive dentistry, including babies! Call us today to learn more about how to keep your whole family’s teeth and gums healthy and strong.
Are You Brushing and Flossing Properly?
The most important step you can take to prevent periodontal disease is to brush and floss after meals or at least twice a day. If you are doing that already, congratulations! But are you doing it the right way? This is what we recommend:
• Soft, nylon bristled brushes or electric toothbrushes are best.
• Hold the brush at the gum line in a 45-degree angle, making sure to cover both the surface of your teeth and soft tissue.
• To eliminate plaque and bacteria, gently massage the teeth and gums in a back and forth or circular motion. Clean the entire tooth, including the chewing surface and all sides, and take extra care to get the back teeth, which can be hard to reach.
• Take an 18-inch string of floss and wrap each end around your middle fingers until you have about two inches of floss to work with in between.
• Insert the floss between every tooth, using your thumbs to pivot and direct the string beneath the gum line, hugging the tooth, and gently scrape away the hidden debris that causes periodontal disease.
• Wind the floss around your finger to a clean section before moving on to the next tooth.
Dental Checkups and Exams
Regular dental checkups and exams are as equally important as practicing good oral care at home. Cavities and periodontal disease still happen, despite our best efforts. This is what we suggest:
• Visit the dentist at least every six months for professional cleanings and exams.
• Bring babies in for wellness visits after the first tooth arrives.
Visiting the dentist is an important accompaniment to the steps you and your family are making at home. Call us today to learn more about preventive dentistry in Columbia, South Carolina with Dr. Jeanette Wingate and Dr. Bryan Wingate.