Taking care of your teeth is essential for maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. Avoiding dental issues is the best way to do so. It is easier, less invasive, and more cost-effective to prevent dental problems than it is to treat them.
Your Naples, FL, dentists, Dr. Richard Linden, and Dr. Maria Linden of Linden Dental offer preventive care to keep your smile healthy.
At Home Care
Before visiting your dentist, you should be practicing great oral hygiene at home. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque. Plaque is the substance that gathers on the surface of your teeth each day. If it is not removed, it can harden into tartar. Tartar can’t be removed with a toothbrush and needs to be cleaned by a dentist. You also have to floss at least once a day to clean in between the teeth.
Preventive Care from Your Naples, FL, Dentists
To make sure your smile is in excellent health, you need to visit your dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. During your checkup, your dentist will make sure that there are no problems with your teeth. If you have any cavities or other issues, they can be caught early on and treated before they progress and require expensive and more invasive treatments. The dentist will also check your gums for any early signs of gum disease. Finally, they will perform an oral cancer screening which could potentially be lifesaving.
Another part of your appointment will be professional teeth cleaning. Even if you brush and floss diligently, there will inevitably be some areas that are missed because they are hard to reach without professional tools. A professional cleaning will make sure that there is no plaque and all tartar is removed. It can even keep your teeth looking whiter for longer by removing surface stains.
Contact your Naples, FL, dentists, Dr. Richard Linden, and Dr. Maria Linden of Linden Dental, to schedule your next checkup. To reach us, call (239) 593-0777 today!