Albertville and Gadsden, Alabama
At Wall Street Dentistry, we strongly believe in preventative care of our patient’s teeth. Preventative care is mostly conducted at home by the patient but also includes following through with routine dental checkups. With at home maintenance, preventative care includes regular brushing and flossing, avoiding tobacco and too much sugar, plus eating a balanced diet.
For good oral hygiene, it is recommended that patients brush twice daily, using a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush your teeth in a circular motion, making certain to angle the brush towards the gums. Flossing is equally important and should be done once a day, usually at night before bed. Although brushing and flossing are important, what goes into your body and how you treat it plays a role in your oral hygiene too.
Tobacco should be avoided, not only because of the overall health risk but because it can damage your teeth and gums to the point a patient may develop periodontal disease or even oral cancer. Reducing your sugar intake or avoiding sugar altogether is also recommended since sticky, sugary foods lead to tooth decay.
Also, it is important to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Maintaining good health overall will only add to the health of your teeth and gums. Our dentists also recommend regular use of antiseptic and fluoride rinses, which aid in removing bacteria that may result in tooth decay or gum disease.
Even with your best efforts, at home maintenance can only do so much. That is why Wall Street Dentistry recommends each patient follow through with routine dental checkups at least once every six months. During these visits, the dentist can identify issues with your teeth, mouth, or gums before serious problems arise. If left untreated, issues such as tooth decay, gum recession, and chipped or broken teeth, may lead to more problems and costly repairs. Sometimes, these issues are irreversible and may result in the patient needing teeth extracted. Prevention and early detection are key when it comes to the state of your oral health.
During your routine visits, the dentist is also able to take dental X-rays, when necessary, to identify any issues that may otherwise be unforeseen. Good oral hygiene is much easier to maintain than to let your health go and eventually end up with costly dental repairs. However, it is never too late to begin regular dental checkups. Even if you have never stuck with a preventative care program, we welcome you to Wall Street Dentistry. If you begin your journey with us today, we will get your mouth healthy. It is never too late for a beautiful smile.
If you are ready for the life-long commitment of a beautiful, healthy smile, call us today at Wall Street Dentistry. During your consultation, the dentist will develop a preventative care program specially designed to fit your needs. We welcome patients of all ages from the Albertville, Boaz, and Guntersville, Alabama areas.