Your family dentist can provide cosmetic dental work and restorative dental services such as fillings, root canals, crowns, tooth extractions and dental implants, but it’s best to avoid needing such services. Preventive dental care is your best defense against oral health problems. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and getting regular dental exams and cleanings at your dentist’s office, you can enjoy years of great dental health and avoid expensive and often painful oral surgery.
Brushing your teeth twice a day is the foremost way to prevent cavities and tooth decay. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to gently clean the front and back of your teeth with gentle, circular strokes, then brush chewing surfaces. And don’t forget to brush your tongue for fresher breath. If you have questions, ask your dentist to show you the proper brushing technique during your next visit.
Flossing daily between the teeth is necessary to remove hard-to-reach plaque, tartar and harmful bacteria between teeth and gums. Not only is regular flossing essential to tooth and gum health, but studies have shown it can lead to a longer and healthier life by helping to prevent more serious ailments like diabetes, respiratory illness and heart disease.
An annual or bi-annual oral exam is an important part of preventive dental care. Annual dental exams ensure you’re keeping your teeth clean and healthy at home, and expose any problems that might be developing before becoming more serious.
Professional teeth cleaning removes plaque and bacteria that brushing and flossing simply can’t. Just as your home needs a regular ‘spring cleaning’ in addition to regular housekeeping, your teeth should have a professional cleaning at least once a year. Your family dental office can clean those hard-to-reach places, ensuring your teeth and gums are at their healthiest.
For conservative, caring, comprehensive dental care near Everett Boeing, Mill Creek and Lynnwood, Mukilteo Dental Arts can be reached at 425 276 7465.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Preventive Family Dentistry in Mukilteo & South Everett
General family dentistry for Mukilteo, Everett, Lynnwood, Edmonds & Mill Creek