Preventative Care

What Is Preventative Care?

Preventative care is a proactive approach to maintaining your oral health, along with your general health. This strategy not only limits the number of health-related problems you experience, but also lessens future costs to you by avoiding expensive treatments. Regular dental checkups in combination with developing good habits and routines at home are foundational to preventative care.

Benefits of Preventative Care

Many studies have shown a link between oral health and general health. Dental diseases have been linked to systemic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. To ensure your overall health is optimal, it is important to minimize the inflammation in your mouth that results from plaque and tartar build-up.

Along with basic health benefits, preventative care also supports a bright smile and a clean mouth. By keeping up with regular visits and effective at-home strategies, you can keep your teeth white and your breath smelling fresh.

Preventative Care With Railway City Family Dental

We are here to help your teeth shine for a lifetime. At every exam, our dentists and hygienists look beyond your teeth to examine your entire mouth and the back of your throat for any potential problems. Severe issues like oral cancer can be treated if caught early but have a high mortality rate if diagnosed at a later stage. Our team actively monitors for any lumps or red-and-white patches that are not healing. 

Once we have a strong understanding of the state of your oral health, we will walk you through our recommendations for how you can better care for your teeth at home. These simple steps will be personalized to you, so we can best improve your oral hygiene routine together.

Your Role in Preventative Care

Preventative care starts with you. Many routines can be implemented at home to maintain your oral health, such as:

Brushing twice daily

After waking up each morning, it is important to brush your teeth immediately. This helps remove the plaque which has accumulated in your mouth while sleeping. Brushing before eating your first meal also provides a protective layer of fluoride on your teeth to strengthen your enamel. This essential mineral is like armour for your teeth, and can even reverse the early damage of recently developed cavities.

It is equally important to brush your teeth before going to bed, as this removes any food stuck on your teeth. You can minimize the growth of bacteria overnight by eliminating these particulates. A protective layer of fluoride also helps limit plaque build-up during this time.

Daily flossing before brushing 

Flossing should be done at least once every day, before brushing your teeth. The particulates stuck between your teeth are loosened and then removed while flossing. You can guarantee these food particles are totally flushed out of your mouth and cannot harm your teeth by brushing after flossing. 

Using mouthwash before brushing 

Mouthwash is a very helpful tool to both freshen your breath and prevent future problems. We recommend using this before brushing your teeth, rather than after. By rinsing beforehand, you can loosen any harmful bacteria, making it easier to remove while brushing.