The Importance of Preventative Care
By Florence Dental Arts
January 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Preventive Care   Flossing  

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How your family dentist in Florence, SC, can protect your smile

Prevention is important to keep you healthy. It’s also vital to the health of your smile. Preventive care can mean the difference between a mouth full of cavities or a healthy smile. When you practice preventive care, you can enjoy a healthy smile for life. Dr. Thomas Cherry at Florence Dental Arts in Florence, SC, can help you keep your smile healthy, beautiful, and pain free!

Preventive care is the key to a healthy mouth, and a healthy mouth is the key to a healthy body. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, an unhealthy mouth can raise your risk of developing serious medical conditions including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke. A healthy mouth and healthy teeth help you chew your food fully, which helps your digestive process and your oral health.

If you have an unhealthy mouth, tooth decay, or gum or periodontal disease, your smile won’t be as beautiful as it could be. A mouth full of cavities or fillings can affect your self-esteem and self-confidence too!

So, how do you practice preventive care? That’s easy, and it doesn’t take a lot of time out of your day. Just remember to:

  • Brush your teeth after meals and before you go to bed. Many people prefer electric or sonic toothbrushes which may clean better than manual brushing. Always use a toothpaste containing fluoride to make tooth enamel stronger and help prevent decay.
  • Floss your teeth at least once each day. Make sure you wrap the floss around the widest part of the tooth as you go in between your teeth. The wrapping action helps keep the floss next to your tooth surface.
  • Visit your family dentist once each year for x-rays and a full dental exam. Regular visits to your family dentist help to ensure dental issues stay small and don’t become big, expensive, and painful.
  • Visit your dental hygienist at least every six months for professional dental cleanings. Regular visits to your dental hygienist help prevent gum and periodontal disease.

Preventive care is important to your health, and it can save your smile. For more information about preventive care, call Dr. Thomas Cherry at Florence Dental Arts in Florence, SC, today!