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Preventative Denistry is Key to Good Oral Health

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Several dentistry practices are important for good oral care, but none more important than preventative dentistry. Preventative dental care, the practice of caring for a patient's teeth in order to keep them healthy, keeps a consistent level of oral health to stop disease and decay.

Learning how to keep and maintain a regular dental routine is the most important aspect of preventative dental care, and becomes easy once in the habit. Performing regular brushing and flossing, as well as regular dentist visits, goes a long way. These practices ensure that a patient's teeth maintain their natural white color, gums remain pink and healthy and prevent dental issues such as plaque and tartar.

Diet is also an important factor. Maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet that includes fruits and vegetables helps reduce the number of sugars that can linger on teeth. Sugars cause harmful damage to enamel, gums and even result in dental diseases like periodontitis.

While preventative dentistry is great for health, it is also healthy for one other thing: a patient's wallet. Maintaining healthy teeth makes good financial sense. Healthy teeth prevent the need for more dentist visits (outside of cleaning and regular check-ups). You can skip expensive dental procedures such as fillings, extractions, root canal procedures and other surgeries. This saves time and money in the long run, as well as unnecessary pain and discomfort.

Getting in the Habit

There are several key factors to keeping a good routine to ensure that you are getting the correct dental health.

For starters, it is important to schedule a regular three-month or six-month check-up schedule with your dentist. Doing so is important as a preventative means to anticipate and prevent any potential dental concerns. Proper brushing comes down to a few simple and easy reminders:

* Brush teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush that easily fits your mouth.
* After every three to four months, replace your toothbrush with a proper ADA-approved toothbrush, or when the bristles become frayed.
* To properly brush your teeth, angle your toothbrush to a 45-degree angle over the gums, moving the toothbrush back in forth in short, up and down strokes. Brush both sides of the teeth (inner and outer), as well as the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
* In addition, brush your tongue in order to remove any excess bacteria from your mouth and keep your breath fresh.

These daily habits are all important to maintaining great dental care. Pretty soon, your dental care will become less of a responsibility, or more of your daily routine. Now how do you like them apples (which are good for your teeth as well)?

The experienced staff at Cabrillo Family Dental Care has been serving the Pacifica, California, community to meet your needs. Schedule an appointment with us by call (650) 359-1646, or by visiting our website at - We look forward to improving your smile.