The Importance of Preventive Care

The Importance of Preventive Care

Find out why preventive dentistry is the best way to safeguard your oral health.preventative dentistry

We know that no one wants to deal with decay, gum disease or other smile issues, especially when they can be so easily prevented with the proper care; however, we also know that sometimes when it comes to visiting our Naples, FL, dentists Drs. Richard and Maria Linden or providing your smile with the proper daily care it needs, people fall flat sometimes. Of course, it’s never too late to get back on track and preventive dentistry can help make that possible.

What is preventive dentistry?

Benjamin Franklin’s once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This quote alone bolsters the need for preventive medical care, even when it comes to your oral health. Just as preventive care for your health requires screenings, vaccinations, and other simple measures to protect against certain health conditions, so does preventive care for your oral health. The goal of preventive dentistry is to maintain a healthy smile that is free of decay, gum disease, infection, or injury.

What is involved in preventive dentistry?

There are many ways in which you can preserve your healthy smile including,

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day
  • Flossing once a day (preferably before bedtime)
  • Replacing your toothbrush head about every 3-4 months (when the bristles look worn)
  • Eating a healthy balanced diet
  • Limit sugar, junk food, sodas, and alcohol
  • Quit smoking
  • Visit your Naples, FL, general dentist for cleanings

As long as you take your daily oral care routine seriously, you avoid foods that could increase your chances of decay and gum disease and you come in for routine cleanings every six months then you’ll be well on your way to ensuring that your smile remains healthy for the rest of your life.

Here at Linden Dental in Naples, FL, our dental team has been highly trained to provide patients of all ages with the proper dental care they need. No matter if it’s time to schedule a routine cleaning with us or you want to talk about whether wearing a mouthguard could protect your teeth from the effects of teeth grinding, we are here to help.