Preventative Dental Care

No matter your age, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene at home, schedule regular dental checkups with your dentist and practice preventative dental care. This way, you can keep your smile bright and healthy for your whole life long!


What Is Preventative Dental Care?

Preventative dentistry is simply the proper dental care that helps you to maintain good oral health. Consisting of a combination of regular dental checkups and your own good dental hygiene habits at home, preventative dental care is how you and our expert team work together to keep your smile bright, beautiful and healthy.

Preventative dentistry has a series of benefits on your oral health, including:

  • Lowering your risk for developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems
  • Helping to promote good oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing your teeth
  • Reducing your risk of dental problems related to chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or osteoporosis
  • Identifying issues such as gingivitis or periodontal disease early, minimizing treatment intensity and cost
  • Allowing our expert team to perform a full exam of your mouth and jaw to stay on top of your oral health

Preventing Plaque And Cavities

The most powerful tool in your arsenal to prevent plaque and tartar buildup is to have a stellar dental hygiene routine at home. After all, much of your preventative dental care starts with you! With the right at-home care, you can keep your teeth healthy and clean so that your regular dental checkups are like a spa day for your teeth!

Here are just a few of the simple ways you can prevent the buildup of plaque and cavities:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, making sure to brush the top surface of your tongue to remove any extra plaque-causing food particles and keep your breath fresh

  • Use fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth

  • Clean between your teeth by flossing at least once a day to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line

  • Use a mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath, taking a small amount and swishing it around in your mouth for at least 30 seconds

  • Eat a balanced diet, avoiding extra-sugary treats and instead enjoying nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese or fruit to keep your smile healthy

  • Remember to schedule and attend regular checkups with your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning

  • Ask your dentist about dental sealants, which are protective plastic coatings that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts

  • For those who play sports, ask your dentist about special mouthguards designed to protect your smile out on the field

  • If you grind your teeth at night, ask our team about a night guard to protect your teeth and jaw

Avoiding Serious Dental Issues

Many people who have serious dental problems such as periodontal disease or oral cancer don’t even realize they have a problem until their condition has progressed to the point of significant damage and decay. With regular trips to the dentist and a keen eye on your own dental health between visits, you can prevent these problems from causing lasting damage.


If you’d like to learn more about how you can take the first step towards practicing proper preventative dental care, contact our office at (919) 847-8413 or schedule an appointment with our team here on our website. We can’t wait to speak with you!

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