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Preventative Dental Care Promotes Good Oral Hygiene

White Clean Teeth

Preventative dental care is an important part of standard and consistent oral health. For a conscientious patient, keeping teeth well maintained is as simple as properly taking care of teeth through a few routine methods: practicing daily, regular brushings and flossings, scheduling appointments with the dentist on a regular basis. By maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet, which includes fruits and vegetables, while cutting out sugary foods that wear on enamel and cause cavities, you can maintain proper dental care.

But what is preventative dental care, exactly? Preventive dentistry is the practice of continued care of an individual's teeth to keep them healthy. This practice is influential to avoid cavities, enamel wear, gum disease, enamel wear and other negative effects.

Part of keeping a good dental schedule is by through the patient themselves, as preventative dental care and oral hygiene should be taught to children at an early age, and practiced throughout their lifetime. The practice of maintaining a regular dental schedule not only keeps the teeth and gums looking white and healthy, but it also provides a guarantee in protecting the teeth from a variety of dental illnesses, such as periodontitis. Additionally, keeping up a regular dental routine further anticipates plaque and tartar and prevents large amounts of sugary substances that can bring significant harm to the enamel and gums of a patient.

While preventative dentistry makes good health sense, it also makes solid financial sense. Preventative dentistry helps to reduce patient costs by keeping teeth healthy, reducing the need for dental check-ups or expensive procedures that can develop or be worsened via a lack of basic preventive care.

For such non-preventive services, a patient's share of medical expenses progressively increase as the type of dental procedure becomes more involved. Those procedures can range over a variety of operations, which include bridges, crowns, extractions, fillings, periodontal work that treats gum disease, root canals and other related surgery. Preventative care helps to save patients time, money and discomfort from these expensive procedures.

These methods are a few of the key factors that are necessary to ensure a patient's proper preventative dental health. By maintaining a routine three to six-month check-up schedule with a dentist, a patient can work together to not only anticipate, but prevent any dental concerns. Other oral health tactics, such as proper brushing with an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste, flossing regularly throughout the day, and keeping one's toothbrush maintained in a sturdy, non-frayed condition are additional and necessary daily habits. The easiest practice is this: As long as a patient brushes and flosses daily, then that is most of the necessary work right there.

The experienced staff at Cabrillo Family Dental Care has served the community, where our dentists and hygienists excel in preventative dentistry in Pacifica, CA. For that reason, schedule an appointment with us by giving Cabrillo Family Dental Care a call at (650) 359-1646, or by visiting our website at We look forward to improving your smile.