Salinas Family Dentist offers all the patients the care needed to prevent unhealthy teeth and gums.
Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for one’s teeth, keeping them healthy by avoiding cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more.
There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and regular dental cleanings. These practices are designed to ensure teeth are clean, strong, and white. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age.
The most important part of preventive dentistry is to brush teeth daily with fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Most people should replace their toothbrushes three to four times a year or as the bristles start to fray.
Daily flossing is also recommended. Flossing helps to clean out the tight spaces between the teeth. People with braces may need to use floss threaders to get between the metal brackets.
Annual dental cleanings and exams allow dentists to identify and address problems in a timely manner.
Though preventative dentistry will improve your dental hygiene, patients in Salinas, Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Marina, or Prunedale, should consider scheduling an appointment with Dr. Washburn at least once a year to check for any problems in the teeth or gums.