Safeguard Your Smile with Preventive Dentistry

dentist Irving TXOne of your most valuable assets is your smile. You protect all your important possessions – you should be doing the same for your smile. You can care for your teeth by brushing at least twice every day with a fluoridated tooth paste and flossing to remove debris not reached with your tooth brush. But there is a third component to brushing and flossing that is imperative to protect your oral health and that is visiting your dentist every six months for a cleaning and dental exam.

Preventive dentistry should start very early. Teeth begin to form in the womb so expectant mothers can eat a well-balanced diet and take essential vitamins to help form healthy teeth. At around the age of four to six months, a baby’s first teeth will emerge. The child’s first dental visit should occur around the age of twelve months and every six months thereafter.

Starting early and with a clean slate allows care givers to provide all the safeguards preventive dentistry has to offer … fluoride to protect and strengthen dental enamel; sealants to coat the chewing surfaces of teeth not affected by decay to provide additional protection; and the best dentistry has to offer to monitor and keep teeth healthy with regular daily care and consistent dental visits.

Daily oral care and regular dental visits are essential for patients of all ages to monitor for dental decay and the onset of gingivitis (gum disease) which can lead to periodontitis (which can result in tooth loss).

Research has also linked dental health to many overall health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.

So what are some of the other things you can do to protect oral health (and safeguard your smile)?

Limit sugar consumption – there is sugar in just about everything you eat and drink … read food labels and become educated for you and your family.

Drink water – you can infuse water with fruit or add flavorings that are sugar free.

Do not smoke – or use tobacco in any form.

Exercise and get adequate rest – these are critical to overall health as well.

Another big reason to practice preventive dentistry – you will save time and money in the long run. If it’s time to schedule your next visit, contact Erickson Dental at 972-717-0077 today.