Why Preventive Care Is Important

Preventive care should play an essential role in everyone’s dental routine. The focus of preventive care is on preventing the development of oral health problems, such as cavities or gum disease. There are several components to preventive care, including regular dental checkups and cleanings. At Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, our skilled family dentist, Dr. Reina Garcia, can help you develop an oral health routine that includes preventive care.

Oral Exams and Cleanings

Scheduling regular oral exams and cleanings are two of the most important steps you can take toward preventing cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems. During a regular dental checkup at our office in Sudbury, our experienced family dentist can examine your teeth and gums for potential concerns so they can be treated promptly. Catching issues early on makes helps prevent the problem from spreading or becoming worse.

Having your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis is also essential to maintaining optimal oral health. A professional dental cleaning helps clear away stubborn plaque and tartar buildup. These threats to the health of your teeth and gums cannot be completely removed by brushing and flossing at home. Tartar buildup can only be fully removed by a skilled dental professional using the proper tools. Failing to remove plaque and tartar regularly can lead to gum disease, cavities, and other issues.

Practicing Healthy Habits at Home

There are several preventive measures you can take at home to ensure your teeth and gums remain as healthy as possible. Practicing healthy habits daily can also contribute to better dental checkups with few oral health concerns to address. Preventive care steps you can take at home include:

  • Brushing twice each day with a toothpaste containing fluoride
  • Gently brushing the teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Avoid brushing too harshly or abrasively
  • Flossing between teeth daily
  • Limiting sugary items in the diet
  • Avoiding the use of tobacco products

Preventive care is an excellent way to maintain a healthier mouth. Preventive care should include regular dental checkups and cleanings, as well as implementing healthily habits at home. To schedule a checkup with Dr. Garcia, our friendly family dentist, call Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA, at (978) 443-5500.