Preventive care is the key to a healthy smile. Fortunately, it's easy to reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease with good oral hygiene and checkups with your Waterford, MI, dentist, Dr. Steven Rollins.
Preventive care at home
Ben Franklin was right when he said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." If you don't change the oil in your car or service your home's heating system, you're more likely to face an expensive repair.
Preventive care is just as important for your oral health. When you don't take care of your teeth, your risk of tooth decay, inflamed gums, and other dental problems increase.
Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste is the simplest way to reduce plaque buildup. Although the sticky film is a factor in cavities and gum disease, it is easily removed by brushing and flossing. If you brush as quickly as possible, you may want to reconsider your speedy approach to oral hygiene. Brushing for at least two minutes removes a much higher percentage of plaque than brushing for thirty seconds.
Flossing daily will prevent plaque from building up between your teeth. If you haven't been flossing because you find the process difficult, try flossing picks, interdental brushes, or water flossers instead.
Preventive care from your Waterford dentist
Even if you're a thorough brusher and flosser, you may still miss a few spots. During your dental checkup appointment, you'll receive a dental cleaning that will remove every speck of plaque and tartar. (Tartar is the hard brown deposit that forms if plaque remains on your teeth too long.) Cleanings not only help you decrease your cavity and gum disease risk but also make your smile sparkle.
Every checkup includes a dental examination. Cavities aren't the only focus of the exam. Your dentist will also check for signs of gum disease, offer an oral cancer screening, and check the condition of your teeth and dental restorations. If he notices cavities or other dental issues, you'll receive prompt treatment that will protect and preserve your oral health.
Protect your smile with regular dental visits! Call your dentist in Waterford, MI, Dr. Steven Rollins of Summit Dental Group, at (248) 681-3600 to schedule your appointment.