Keeping your teeth healthy and strong is the main goal of preventative dentistry. Preventative dentistry consists of daily care as well as periodic professional care that keeps your dental health at its highest possible level. Dr. Michelle Morgan, your dentist serving DeSoto, can help you determine the best schedule for professional care and the best way to maintain your daily at-home care.
At-Home Care for Your Dental Health
Since childhood, we’ve always been told to brush and floss our teeth. Although these admonitions might seem like a cliché, these are the best building blocks for maintaining oral health and hygiene.
Brushing your teeth after meals helps remove bacteria and plaque from your teeth. If food particles are left on your teeth, bacteria builds up, feeding off these food particles and creating byproducts that are highly acidic. These acidic byproducts eat through the enamel of your teeth, causing decay. Brushing, then, is the first line of defense against decay. It is also the first line of defense against gum disease, since plaque can build up under the gum line and lead to gingivitis or periodontitis. Brushing also stimulates the gums to keep them healthy.
Regular flossing helps remove particles your toothbrush can’t reach. It also helps further stimulate the gums and remove plaque that builds up beneath the gum line.
Professional Dental Care
Regular visits to the dentist carry your dental hygiene and care to the next level. Your dental team provides a more intensive cleaning, removing any plaque or tartar that might have developed. Periodic fluoride treatments might be recommended to strengthen your enamel and keep your teeth healthy. Regular dental X-rays will help find decay that might not be otherwise visible. The dentist will also evaluate your gums to find any early signs of gum disease, and will screen for any symptoms of oral cancer. In all cases, finding symptoms or signs of problems early helps ensure successful treatment.
Preventative dentistry helps keep your teeth and gums healthy and beautiful, and can spot any signs of trouble before they become serious. Please contact Art of Dentistry at 972-920-6085 to make an appointment for your regular preventative dental care.
The Art of Dentistry is dedicated to providing State-of-the-Art dentistry in a relaxed environment. Upon entering our new DeSoto office you will discover that you are the most important person. You are never an interruption to our work, but rather the reason we work so hard.