Admit it: it’s been a while since your last dental checkup and cleaning. Your teeth don’t feel like they use to, and you’re noticing that your gums feel a bit puffy. With the start of the new year, there’s no better time than the present to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Wall Township. As your ally in the fight against tooth decay, gum disease, and even oral cancer, he can provide beneficial treatment to help your smile look and feel its best. Read on to find out why preventive care is the most effective way to improve the health of your teeth and gums and what you can do at home to help with the process.
Preventive Care: Why It’s Important for Your Smile
When you hear your dentist talk about preventive care, you may be asking, “What is that exactly?” Depending on the dental professional, it can include a wide array of services, such as:
- Dental checkups and cleanings
- Dental sealants
- Fluoride treatment
- Dental X-rays
These types of services make it possible to prevent problems before they begin. Beneficial for individuals of all ages, preventive care is the most effective way to ensure the longevity of your smile.
This is why the American Dental Association (ADA) and your dentist recommend six-month dental checkups and cleanings. By allowing your dental team to check for abnormalities or problem areas that can signal gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancer, or bite alignment issues, as well as perform a thorough cleaning to remove harmful plaque and tartar from around the gum line, you can set yourself up on a path to better oral health.
At-Home Help: Ways to Improve Your Smile on Your Time
While maintaining regular visits to your dentist’s office is important, it’s also necessary that you properly care for your teeth and gums at home, too. You may already do some of the following, if not all, however, if not, the following tips can ensure you get positive feedback from your dentist at your next checkup:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste to strengthen tooth enamel and protect against tooth decay.
- Floss in-between your teeth at least once a day to remove harmful bacteria and food particles that may be trapped.
- Rinse with an ADA-approved mouthwash to flush away anything that flossing or brushing left behind.
- Avoid consuming too much sugar and starch, as they can lead to increased bacterial growth and ultimately, cavity formation.
- Maintain a well-balanced, healthy diet that consists of leafy greens, lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables.
- If you smoke or use tobacco, find a way to stop, as this will reduce your risk of developing gum disease and oral cancer.
Say goodbye to the excuses and make 2020 the year you achieve a healthier smile!
About the Author
Dr. Edward J. Dooley is a well-respected dentist who attended the College of the Holy Cross for his undergraduate degree. He then went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine to achieve his Doctor of Dental Medicine. Dr. Dooley is a veteran of the United States Navy, serving from 1982-1985. He and his team at Dooley Dental want you to start the new year off on the right track, especially when it comes to your oral health. From preventive care to restorative and cosmetic dentistry, he will help you reach your dental goals, providing outstanding results each time you leave our office. To learn more about our services and how he can help you, contact us via our website or by calling (732) 974-2288.