Many dentists talk to their patients about periodontal disease and tooth decay. Cavities and gum disease can destroy the smile when not diagnosed early enough and treated. It is so important for patients to be proactive about their dental health and wellness to keep their smile free from issues such as these.
Protection of the smile
At the forefront of oral health and wellness is preventative care. This means taking great pride in your smile and participating in your oral health in a more proactive way instead of a reactive manner. Instead of waiting for problems to arise, it is best for patients to monitor their oral health over time. Preventive solutions may include:
- Brushing your teeth. Patients should brush their teeth after every meal, even snacks, to remove food particles and ensure the smile is free from plaque, tartar, and bacteria.
- Flossing your teeth. At least once a day, patients should floss between their teeth. This helps in eliminating food particles from the smile that can contribute to cavities and gum disease.
- Visiting the dentist. You don’t need to see the dentist every day—that’s where home health care takes over. However, it is essential that patients schedule an evaluation and cleaning every six months and book an appointment whenever they have a dental health concern that may have developed.
With proper communication with the dentist, problems that arise can be addressed as soon as possible with intervention. This can keep the issue from becoming extremely damaging to the smile and stop the problem early enough to intervene.
Visit Peters Dental Associates today to learn about preventive care
Taking good care of the smile is the best way to avoid the development of periodontal disease and tooth decay. Dr. M. H. Peters, Jr. is a dedicated professional who works closely with patients to educate them on how to be proactive about their oral health and wellness to protect their teeth, gums, and bone. If you live in or around the area of Houston, TX and are ready to work with a dentist with your oral health in mind, call Peters Dental Associates at (281) 486-8061 to schedule your appointment. The office is conveniently located at 2508 Bay Area Boulevard in Suite #100.